Rent A Cat in Paris (2010)

3.6 of 5 from 84 ratings
1h 2min
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Synopsis:
Dino is a cool cat that leads a double life. By day, all he does is sleep and catch lizards, which he brings to his owner Zoe. But by night, he is the accomplice of a jewellery thief called Nico. When Zoe accidentally stumbles across a gang with a big heist on their mind, it's up to Dino and Nico to save her.
Directors:
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Producers:
Jacques-Rémy Girerd
Voiced By:
Dominique Blanc, Bernadette Lafont, Bruno Salomone, Jean Benguigui, Oriane Zani, Bernard Bouillon, Jacques Ramade, Jean-Pierre Yvars, Patrick Ridremont, Patrick Descamps, Yves Barbaut, Line Wiblé, JB Blanc, Steve Blum, Marcia Gay Harden, Anjelica Huston, Matthew Modine
Writers:
Alain Gagnol, Jacques-Rémy Girerd
Others:
Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
Aka:
Une vie de chat
Studio:
Soda Pictures
Genres:
Children & Family
Countries:
France, Children & Family
BBFC:
Release Date:
23/07/2012
Run Time:
62 minutes
Languages:
English, French
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Activity Sheet (DVD-ROM)

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Reviews (3) of A Cat in Paris

Nicely-animated, hour-long, French-Belgian cat movie!!! - A Cat in Paris review by PV

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25/09/2012

A nicely-animated French/Belgian co-production - possibly from a graphic novel.

The best bits are not the plot (way too silly) but the nice little animation touches. The cat walking on the wall past the yapping dog is a highlight - and so true (our cat used to wind up next door's dog just the same way).

The whole thing is a play on the phrase 'cat burglar', and the plot becomes hugely unrealistic towards the end. It's all just goodies and baddies really, but no worse for that - but too many strands to this plot, involving art theft etc and Africa. No need for that.

But for a movie of just over an hour, this is great entertainment for adults - though maybe kids would be a bit confused.

I have no idea how good/bad the English dubbing is because I watched it in French. I think well-known Brit actors do the voices though.

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A disappointment - A Cat in Paris review by CP Customer

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09/11/2012

Having greatly enjoyed Bellville Rendezvous, and having previously read good reviews of this film, we were disappointed. The Picasso look-a-like animation didn't help the flow, and we were at a loss to understand what the vertical black marks on each human face were supposed to represent- stubble? On a little girl? The plot was almost insultingly clunky, not assisted by hammy voicing. Even the behemoth Disney comes up with better characterisations than this, and their plots, although hackneyed, are more sophisticated than this one. The makers of this film could do with taking a look at the work of Studio Ghibli of Japan.

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Good family film - A Cat in Paris review by CP Customer

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20/12/2014

A good plot, a hero, a villain and great suspense as our hero hangs high up on a building with the stone gradually breaking away. It is a cartoon which all the family can enjoy.

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Critic review

A Cat in Paris (aka Une vie de chat) review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso

By day Dino is the beloved pet of Zoë, a girl who has fallen silent since the brutal murder of her father by gangsters, by night he is an accomplish to a cat burglar. All is going well until one night Zoë decides to follow her feline friend and stumbles upon a dangerous gangsters plot in the process.

At first glance this French animation looks to be sweet and entertaining, if not for children then for nostalgic adults; however the simplicity of A Cat in Paris is so much so that it leaves the film feeling somewhat underused.

In a world used to the delicacy and beauty of Japanese anime or the vibrancy of Disney/Pixar the sketchy pastel coloured world of A Cat in Paris is a little bland. The characters look featureless and expressionless whilst the story isn’t really used as successfully as it could have been.

Many other critics have been particularly scathing about the overall narrative, banding around harsh words like unimaginative and unoriginal; yet I am inclined to disagree, as the story, although basic and clearly not one to stretch the creative muscles, is sweet and has something classic in its feel. The cat and owner relationship is timeless whilst the hints of darkness and trauma in the form of the gangsters and the murder of the child’s father are enough of a nod at the complexities of childhood emotion that I was quite tickled.

I was not moved however, as with the animation the characterization and development within the narrative is fairly bland and as such I struggled to really be wrapped up in the story, characters, humour and emotion.

At only 70 minute A Cat in Paris had the potential to be a sweet and distinctly French family movie, but its lack of depth and the jarring American dubbing (with both British and American voices) the film’s sweetness is spoilt and over ridden. An Oscar nominee, A Cat in Paris is a poor representation of what French animation can do.

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