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.
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!Read more Show less
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.
Travel through cinematic genres that have marked the history of cinema from its beginning to the present. Pirates films, slapstick, fantasy, science fiction, westerns, thrillers or parody, will you be able to identify the motifs that define each of these genres? These seven totemic films will transport you into different universes and eras. Meet pirates, cowboys or detectives and discover the "genre theory" step by step. A first step towards developing your love of cinema...
Bandits and robbers are legendary characters in the history of cinema. But they are not always what we think: through these six films set in very different universes, you will meet lovable bandits, gentle and mischievous thieves and other, more sinister rogues. These figures are indispensable to adventure films and provide opportunities to address topics such as friendship, grief, family and unemployment. This course starts with a readily understood animated film and concludes with a neo-realistic Italian film and a film noir, charting a real progression in terms of cinematographic sophistication. So you are strongly advised to complete the course by watching the films in the suggested order.