Category Archives: Purr Blur

By the Sea (2015)

By the Sea poster

Universal Pictures
Starring:
 Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt
Directed by: Angelina Jolie

Synopsis: Married couple Vanessa (Angelina Jolie) and Roland (Brad Pitt) deal with their crumbling marriage while on a working vacation in France.

Purr Blurs: At the beginning of the film the couple arrive at the seaside hotel in their car. A couple of cats are nearby.

By the Sea - cats sitting by the seaside

Later a man is seen sitting and holding a kitten in the bar / restaurant that Roland frequents.

By the Sea - elderly man sitting in bar holding kitten

By the Sea - elderly man sitting in bar holding kitten

Final Mewsings: Where do cats who live by the sea in France go to vacation?


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Halloween II (1981)

Halloween II poster

Universal Pictures
Starring:
 Jamie Lee Curtis, Cliff Emmich
Directed by: Rick Rosenthal

Synopsis: Picking up from where the first movie left off, Michael Meyers continues his killing spree while searching for Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis).

Purr Blur: Michael’s search takes him to the hospital where Laurie has been admitted. In one scene a security guard named Mr. Garrett (Cliff Emmich) is searching around back and sees some blood in a dumpster. A second later a gray cat leaps from the bin in true spring-loaded cat fashion and jumps on the man, knocking him backwards into some garbage cans.

Halloween II - gray cat jumping out of garbage dumpster

Halloween II - gray cat jumping onto security guard Mr. Garrett Cliff Emmich

Halloween II - gray cat and security guard Mr. Garrett Cliff Emmich falling backwards into garbage cans

Halloween II - gray cat jumping out of dumpster at security guard Mr. Garrett Cliff Emmich animated gif

Final Mewsings: And you thought Michael Meyers was scary!

Many thanks to Nick Wale for letting us know about the cat in this film!


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Once Upon a Crime (1992)

Once Upon a Crime poster

Dino De Laurentiis Company
Starring:
 Richard Lewis, John Candy
Directed by: Eugene Levy

Synopsis: An odd ensemble of American tourists get caught up in an apparent murder in Monte Carlo.

Purr Blur: While looking around Madame Van Dougen’s estate, Julian Peters (Richard Lewis) takes a few steps backwards. A cat suddenly runs past and screeches in true spring-loaded cat fashion, startling him.

Once Upon a Crime - cat running behind legs

Later Augie Morosco (John Candy) is showing the police how he managed to sneak out of his wife’s room. Crossing over a precarious bridge between the hotel and a home he manages to get across and throws himself over the balcony. A cat cries out but is not seen.

Final Mewsings: Real life cats do so much more than just scare people!


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Summertime (1955)

Summertime poster

London Film Productions
Starring:
 Katharine Hepburn, Rossano Brazzi
Directed by: David Lean

Synopsis: Jane Hudson (Katharine Hepburn) is an American woman who visits Venice and unexpectedly finds romance.

Purr Blurs: While outside her hotel, Jane notices a tabby cat some distance away. She calls to the cat but it does not come to her.

Summertime - Jane Hudson Katharine Hepburn outside Venice hotel with tabby cat in background

Summertime - Jane Hudson Katharine Hepburn looking at tabby cat in background

In another scene, Jane is on a street talking to the little boy she has befriended named Mauro (Gaetano Autiero). Several cats are seen in the background.

Summertime - Jane Hudson Katharine Hepburn on streets with cats in background

Summertime - Jane Hudson Katharine Hepburn on streets with cats in background

Summertime - Jane Hudson Katharine Hepburn and Mauro Gaetano Autireo on streets with cats in background

Kitty Cameos:  Two sleeping kitties are also given their own shot in the film.

Summertime - two tabby cats sleeping on and by chairs in sun

Special mention must also be made of the absolutely adorable kitty wind up toys shown in the film.

Summertime - pair of cat wind up toys on table

Summertime - cat chasing butterfly wind up toy on table

Final Mewsings: Go to Venice just for the cats!


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En man som heter Ove (2015)

A Man Called Ove poster

English Title: A Man Called Ove
Nordisk Film
Starring:
 Rolf Lassgårdm, Bahar Pars
Also Starring:  Magic, Orlando
Directed by: Hannes Holm

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains MAJOR spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: Based on the popular novel by Fredrik Backman. Ove (Rolf Lassgårdm) is a cantankerous older man who has reached the point where life doesn’t seem worth living until the people around him see more in him than he sees in himself.

Featured Feline: Ove lives in a housing development with strict association rules which he enforces, even though he is no longer president. He spends much of his time walking around the grounds, taking justice into his own hands when he sees a violation. As he walks around the complex, a female Ragdoll cat often follows him. He tries to scare the cat away but it does not seem to deter the animal. In the book the cat is referred to as “The Cat Annoyance”.

A Man Called Ove - Ragdoll cat sitting on path

A Man Called Ove - Ragdoll cat sitting in foreground with Ove Rolf Lassgårdm in background

A Man Called Ove - Ove Rolf Lassgårdm trying to scare away Ragdoll cat

While Ove does not like the cat, he still comes to the rescue when a woman with a dog (whom he also despises) is caught throwing stones at the poor thing. Ove chases the woman away. He even comes back outside with some food and looks for the cat but it is gone.

A Man Called Ove - Ragdoll cat crouched next to house

One of Ove’s new neighbors is a pregnant woman named Parvaneh (Bahar Pars) who takes a liking to the man even though he is initially very rude to her and her husband. Parvaneh is with Ove when she finds the cat injured outside his door.

A Man Called Ove - Ragdoll cat being picked up by Parvaneh Bahar Pars with Ove Rolf Lassgårdm

Against Ove’s wishes, she insists they take the cat inside his home and that Ove find something to keep the cat warm. At that point a neighbor named Jimmy (Klas Wiljergârd) comes in and takes his shirt off, warming the cat against his chest. When both Parvaneh and Jimmy say they can’t take the cat because of allergies (Parvaneh’s children and Jimmy remembers he himself is allergic) it is clear the care of the cat will fall to Ove.

A Man Called Ove - Jimmy Klas Wiljergârd holding Ragdoll cat against bare chect with Parvaneh Bahar Pars

A Man Called Ove - Jimmy Klas Wiljergârd holding Ragdoll cat against bare chect with Ove Rolf Lassgårdm

Ove reluctantly takes on the responsibility and over time the cat becomes a constant companion.

A Man Called Ove - Ragdoll cat being held by Ove Rolf Lassgårdm

A Man Called Ove - Ragdoll cat lying on floor and looking up

A Man Called Ove - Ragdoll cat lying on bed

Ove even takes the cat with him to visit his wife’s grave.

A Man Called Ove - Ragdoll cat being held by Ove Rolf Lassgårdm at cemetery

Ove also becomes close to many of the residents of the community, helping them when they need him.

A Man Called Ove - Ragdoll cat being watching Ove work

A Man Called Ove - Ragdoll cat watching Ove Rolf Lassgårdm fix bicycle

He even lets a young man named Mirsad (Poyan Karimi) move in with him when he has nowhere else to go.

A Man Called Ove - Mirsad Poyan Karimi feeding Ragdoll cat

Now others, including the cat, follow Ove on his rounds.

A Man Called Ove - Ragdoll cat being and friends following Ove Rolf Lassgårdm on his rounds

A Man Called Ove - Ragdoll cat being and friends following Ove Rolf Lassgårdm on his rounds

Near the end of the film, Parvaneh and her husband find that Ove has passed in his sleep, the cat lying forlornly on the man’s chest.

A Man Called Ove - Ragdoll cat lying on Ove's Rolf Lassgårdm chest with Parvaneh Bahar Pars

The part of the unnamed cat was played by cats Magic and Orlando who were not trained cat actors. According to online sources, Magic’s specialty was the ability to not be scared away easily, a must for this role opposite the frustrated Ove. Orlando was brought in when the cat character needed to stay in one place for a period of time. The cats were so similar that the wrong one was often taken to the set for the wrong actions! In an interview director Hannes Holm explained how the production company originally did not want to include the cat character in the film but he fought for the inclusion, pointing out all the fans of the book who loved the cat.

A Man Called Ove - Ragdoll cat lying on floor

A Man Called Ove - Ragdoll cat lying on bed

Purr Blur:  Just before the final scene in which Ove is found dead, he is driving one of Parvaneh’s daughters in his car. As they travel down a winding road, a black cat crosses in front of the car. Likely a hint of what’s to come.

A Man Called Ove - black cat running across road in front of car

Final Mewsings: It’s a shame that a movie with such a positive feline character felt the need to throw in a stereotypical black cat bad omen.


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