LE CHAT DU RABBIN
THE RABBI’S CAT

DIRECTOR
Antoine Delesvaux, Joann Sfar

SCREENPLAY
Jean-François Laguionie, Anik Leray

VOICES
Lola: Jessica Monceau
Claire: Chloé Berthier
Gom: Julien Bouanich
Plume: Thierry Jahn

GENRE
Animation

DISTRIBUTOR
GKids

Running time 76’
Production France, 2011
Rating Not Rated
Gauge Blu-ray, DCP

““The Rabbi’s Cat” remains intelligently entertaining by carrying an invaluable political message for our time of tensions. While starting off with characters marked by a strong Jewish identity, The Rabbi’s Cat retraces the colonial route in light of the Enlightenment, clearly advocating exchange, openness, the discovery of the world and of the other. The cat, on behalf of Sfar, is at once Milou, Jiminy Cricket and Socrates.”
Serge Kaganski, Les Inrockuptibles
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Based on co-director Joann Sfar’s popular comic-book series of the same name, The Rabbi’s Cat features a remarkable, if hairless and giant-eared, feline at its center. This wryly philosophical, beautifully drawn, meticulously detailed animated film takes place during the 1920s and ’30s in Algiers, where the kitty of the title is preparing for his bar mitzvah. Having previously devoured his master’s parrot, the cat now has the power of speech, which he uses, as a devout soul should, to constantly question and probe his faith. Soon the cat and the rabbi set out for Ethiopia, encountering along the way a host of characters of various creeds and ethnicities. During their trek, the Jewish leader and his inquisitive pet will face a few treacherous situations. But their voyage ultimately, upliftingly results in interfaith harmony and a richer understanding of their own religious identity and history.

 

 

 



 

 

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