The Strange Little Cat (image 1)

There’s a strange music to this light-on-its-toes, rhythmic, and ultimately mesmerizing chamber piece.

Kimberly Chun, San Francisco Bay Guardian

Screened as part of NZIFF 2013

The Strange Little Cat 2013

Das merkwürdige Kätzchen

Directed by Ramon Zurcher

This deft, lightly surreal comedy observes a family going about their domestic business. “There’s a strange music to this light-on-its-toes, rhythmic, and ultimately mesmerizing chamber piece.” — San Francisco Bay Guardian

Germany In German with English subtitles
72 minutes Blu-ray

Director, Screenplay, Editor

Producers

Silvan Zürcher
,
Johanna Bergel

Photography

Alexander Haßkerl

Production designers

Matthias Werner
,
Sabine Kassebaum

Costume designer

Dorothée Bach

Sound

Benjamin Kalisch

Music

Thee More Shallows
,
Stephane Leonard

With

Jenny Schily (mother)
,
Anjorka Strechel (Karin)
,
Mia Kasalo (Clara)
,
Luk Pfaff (Simon)
,
Matthias Dittmer (father)
,
Armin Marewski (uncle)

Festivals

Berlin, San Francisco 2013

Elsewhere

The airy vagueness and habitual domestic eccentricities of a middle-class family are choreographed into a lightly surreal perpetuum mobile in this arresting first feature. A seamless ensemble piece staged in the connecting rooms of a small Berlin apartment, it is minimalist in scale but wonderfully nimble in execution. The neighbour has come over to fix the washing machine. Grandma is coming for dinner. Teenage siblings jostle while their baby sister conducts squealing competitions with every electrical appliance in the house. A bottle spins for no apparent reason and the cat is just there. The absurdist funniness is touched with eeriness: it holds you without exactly making you laugh out loud. (There’s a challenge.) “A droll, eventually poignant ballet of domestic discontent. Its seemingly wisp-thin ‘plot’ may confound encapsulation, yet its sum impact defies expectations.” — Dennis Harvey, San Francisco International Film Festival