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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 Animation, Comedy

In Algeria's Jewish community in the 1920s, a rabbi's cat eats a parrot and gains the ability to speak. The rabbi, finding the cat rude, attempts to teach him about the Torah and eventually agrees to give him a Bar Mitzvah in this animated film adapted from the graphic novels of the same name.

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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.


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.


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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