A cat in Paris

A cat in Paris

By Alain Gagnol, Jean-Loup Felicioli - 1h10 - 2010 (France)
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A cat in Paris
Audience 7+

Synopsis

Dino is a cat who splits his life between two homes: by day he lives with Zoé, the daughter of a police chief who has walled herself off in silence ever since her father's death; by night he scales the roofs of Paris with Nico, a remarkably deft burglar. While Jeanne, Zoé's mum, investigates a series of jewel thefts, Victor Costa, public enemy No1, kidnaps the little girl... an action-packed chase across Paris ensues until the early hours.

Benshi's review
Benshi's review

While detective novels have long been part of children's literature, there were no thrillers for kids on screens until 2010, when the terrific team of Studio Folimage cracked the genre in style. That was exactly the challenge that Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol had set themselves: to make an animated film noir that would grip young and older viewers alike. Mission accomplished with A Cat in Paris, a canny mixture of suspense, adventure, humour and tenderness. All the requisite ingredients of the genre are present and correct: burglaries, high-speed chases, cops and stubble-chinned bad guys with sinister mugs straight out of Tontons Flingueurs or Goodfellas. Look out for the cute tribute to The Night of the Hunter in the zoo scene.

Thrillers and Jazz have always made a good couple. Here, too, the match pays off. The music is both upbeat and sad, mysterious and full of tension and suspense. A Cat in Paris is also a unique and aerial work of graphic with bright colours and in which the faces are sometimes akin to Modiglianis in cartoon form. This is a perfect introduction to the genre and it also explores heavy subjects such as the loss of a loved one. Thank you Folimage!

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Top reasons to watch this film !

  • 1 The original aerial graphics and the bright colours
  • 2 The jazzy music that plunges us straight into the thriller ambience
  • 3 The story, part drama and part comedy, is an intelligent blend of suspense, humour and adventure.

Who is it aimed at ?

Primarily aimed at children aged 6-7 and above, A Cat in Paris will also delight older viewers thanks to the detective angle and the jazzy atmopshere. Young viewers will get great giggles out of the film's animals (a bent cat who is protective and loyal and, in a second role, a little dog who barks a lot and takes a lot of slippers to the head!) and will be moved by characters such as Zoé or Nico, the robber with the heart of gold.

Themes and topics

Animals Robber Grief Drama Family Crime film
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