French Films...that don't suck: "Une Vie de Chat"
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Heather Stimmler-Hall in A Cat in Paris, French Culture, French Film Reviews, French film, Paris, Une Vie de Chat, animated, animation

Une Vie de Chat (A Cat in Paris) is a Folimage production, directed by Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli, with the voices of Dominique Blanc (the mom), Bruno Salomone (Nico), Bernadette Lafont (the nanny), and Jean Benguigui (the gangster). See the trailer here.

This animated French crime thriller is about the double life of Dino the cat, friend of 7-year-old Zoé and her mother the Police Commissioner during the day, and accomplice to Nico the gentleman burglar during the night. The real action begins when all of them get mixed up with the gangsters who killed Zoé's policeman father. With the funny Belgian accents (the gangsters), the classic film references (like Reservoir Dogs), and the captivating Parisian scenery, this film is worth a watch. It's not bad for kids either, but don't expect Ratatouille! This isn't a cutesy film. It touches on some very serious topics like death and mourning.

Spoiler alert! This review gives away some twists in the plot.

Cuteness alert! My co-reviewer for this episode is Lena the Dog.

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