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The Rabbi's Cat(Le Chat du rabbin)

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France

2011

1h 40m

Director Joann Sfar

Starring François Morel, Hafsia Herzi, Maurice Bénichou, Jean-Pierre Kalfon

Genre Comedy, Animation

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Set in the Jewish community of 1920s Algeria, a rabbi discovers his cat ate his parrot and gained the ability to speak like a human. Shocked to discover how rude his cat is, the rabbi begins to teach the cat the Torah. Even though the cat denounces religion, he wants to have a bar mitzvah and helps the rabbi with hopes of attracting his daughter.

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Variety by

This feature-length 3D adaptation of Sfar's comicbook series shares many of the same virtues and problems of his solo, live-action helming debut, the biopic "Gainsbourg," in that it is often colorful, witty and inspired, but also too episodic, and lacks a strong ending.
63

Slant Magazine by Ed Gonzalez

Despite its flaws, the film is at least a consistent vision, attesting through both its story and animation to the rabbi's right to be different while also striving for human solidarity.
38

New York Post by Kyle Smith

The movie is trying to do far too much and doesn't do anything well. "Ambitious" isn't the word here; "random" is more like it.

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