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3.6
321 Ratings

The Case of the Grinning Cat

Chats perchés

Directed by Chris Marker
France, 2004
Documentary

Synopsis

French documentarian and cinema-essayist Chris Marker reflects on French and international politics, art and culture at the start of the new millennium.

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The Case of the Grinning Cat Directed by Chris Marker

Critics reviews

The Case of the Grinning Cat, though not widely considered among his most seminal films, nevertheless remains one of the most purely fascinating—one might even say it’s his most curious… One of Marker’s unique gifts as a filmmaker is his ability to invest these minor urban anomalies with a kind of exaggerated fantasy allure, though without recourse to expected docu-drama trickery.
May 17, 2013
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A wise, somewhat whimsical hour-long video—a political commentary on Western culture by independent French writer-director Chris Marker… One way the original French version of The Case of the Grinning Cat—Chats Perches (“Perched Cats”)—differs from other Marker essays is that it uses pithy intertitles alone to carry his ironic voice.
July 21, 2006
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