The Strange Little Cat

Dir.: Ramon Zürcher | Germany 2013 | 72 min

If the hardest thing is to make things look easy, then this minimalist gem of a German film is pure magic. Three generations of a family (and an orange cat) meet during the course of a long day for something that, if all things go according to plan, is meant to end with a dinner. We are in a small apartment in Berlin, and nothing is too insignificant to become a part of the symphony of chain reactions and coincidences that progress as the day passes, seemingly directed by an invisible hand. In short, this is a both homely and deeply eerie sitcom, which could have been directed by Jacques Tati. With perfect precision and a sense of paradoxical, prosaic poetry, the debut filmmaker (and former video artist) Ramon Zurcher guides us into the surreal mystery of everyday rituals. An absurd world that you have to experience for yourself to believe. Distanced, but warm, and incredibly funny without trying to be so.

Original Title
Das Merkwürdige Kätzchen
Title
The Strange Little Cat
Country
Germany
Release Year
2013
Duration
72 min.
Directors
Ramon Zürcher
Producer
Silvan Zürcher, Johanna Bergel
Script
Cast
Jenny Schily, Anjorka Strechel, Mia Kasalo, Luk Pfaff, Matthias Dittmer, Armin Marewski, Leon Alan Beiersdorf, Sabine Werner, Kathleen Morgeneyer, Monika Hetterle, Gustav Körner, Lea Draeger
Camera
Alexander Haßkerl
Sound
Benjamin Kalisch, Ramon Zürcher
Editor
Ramon Zürcher
Production Company
German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB)
Version
Dialogue: German English Subtitles
Tempo
5
Thrills
6
Sighs
6
Laughs
7
Look
6
Food for thought
7