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Foreign Friday bannerForushande (2016)

The Salesman poster

English Title: The Salesman
Arte France Cinéma
Starring:
 Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti
Directed by: Asghar Farhadi

Synopsis: Emad and Rana Etesami (Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti) move into a new apartment where Rana is assaulted, leaving Emad desperate to find the culprit.

Kitty Cameos: Finding themselves homeless at the start of the film, a friend named Babak (Babak Karimi) shows the couple an apartment in his building. When they arrive a large tuxedo cat is meowing outside the door. Rana picks up the cat and carries it away, treating it kindly.

The Salesman - Emad Etesami Shahab Hosseini, Rana Etesami Taraneh Alidoosti and Babak Karimi at apartment with large tuxedo cat

The Salesman - Emad Etesami Shahab Hosseini, Rana Etesami Taraneh Alidoosti and Babak Karimi at apartment with large tuxedo cat

Another tabby cat is seen in the background seconds later and moves down the stairs.

The Salesman - Emad Etesami Shahab Hosseini and Babak Karimi at apartment with tabby cat in background

The Salesman - Emad Etesami Shahab Hosseini and Babak Karimi at apartment with tabby cat in background

When Emad comes home one night he finds the door of the apartment open. As he calls for Rana, a cat runs outside.

The Salesman - Emad Etesami Shahab Hosseini enters apartment as cat runs outside

Later in the film Emad is trying to find a vehicle which can be opened by a set of keys left in the apartment. As he tries the door of a blue truck, a Bengal tabby cat can be seen moving from beneath the parked vehicle.

The Salesman - Emad Etesami Shahab Hosseini checking truck on street with Bengal tabby cat beneath

The Salesman - Emad Etesami Shahab Hosseini checking truck on street with Bengal tabby cat beneath

The same cat is in the street and moves away as Emad walks further down.

The Salesman - Emad Etesami Shahab Hosseini on street with Bengal tabby cat

The Salesman - Emad Etesami Shahab Hosseini on street with Bengal tabby cat

The Salesman - Emad Etesami Shahab Hosseini on street with Bengal tabby cat

Near the end of the film, Babak is moving the furniture the former tenant left behind. As he removes a cover, a little tabby kitten is in amongst the items.

The Salesman - tabby kitten in amongst items

The Salesman - tabby kitten in amongst items

Babak picks up the kitten gently, asking what it is doing there.

The Salesman - tabby kitten being picked up

The Salesman - tabby kitten being picked up

Final Mewsings: When looking for apartments, cat residents are a definite plus!


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Sin Nombre (2009)

Sin Nombre poster

Scion Films
Starring:
 Paulina Gaitan, Edgar Flores
Directed by: Cary Joji Fukunaga

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

Synopsis: Honduran teenager Sayra (Paulina Gaitan) meets Mexican gang member Willy (Edgar Flores) while traveling to America and the two form a unique relationship.

Kitty Cameo: Willy and Sayra find themselves on the run when Willy’s gang is seeking him. They stop at the home of a woman Willy used to run errands for within the gang. The woman agrees to help them get to the border. During the scene where they are talking, the woman has a gray cat under her arm.

Sin Nombre - Willy Edgar Flores Sayra Paulina Gaitan and Aunt holding gray cat at table

Sin Nombre - Willy Edgar Flores Sayra Paulina Gaitan and Aunt holding gray cat at table

Sin Nombre - Willy Edgar Flores Sayra Paulina Gaitan and Aunt holding gray cat at table

The woman is not very gentle with the cat, tugging at its ear and tucking it under her arm when carrying it.

Sin Nombre - Sayra Paulina Gaitan with Aunt holding gray cat

Sin Nombre - Willy Edgar Flores and Aunt holding gray cat at table

Later she sits down at the table with Willy and sets the cat down before talking to him.

Sin Nombre - Willy Edgar Flores looking up at Aunt holding gray cat at table

Sin Nombre - Willy Edgar Flores looking at Aunt holding gray cat at table

Sin Nombre - Willy Edgar Flores looking Aunt setting gray cat on table

Final Mewsings: Don’t trust a woman who doesn’t know how to hold a cat!


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Blood and Sand (1941)

Blood and Sand poster

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring:
 Tryone Power, Linda Darnell
Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian

Synopsis: Peasant boy Juan Gallardo (Tyrone Power) rises to fame as a matador.

Purr Blur: In the beginning of the film a young Juan and his friends travel to Madrid. On the way they pass mile markers showing how much further there is to go. On the 300 km marker there is a black cat which is eating some kind of meat as they pass.

Blood and Sand - black cat eating on 300 km marker as boys pass

Blood and Sand - black cat eating on 300 km marker as boy passes

Final Mewsings: Cats appreciate meat left on mile markers!

Many thanks to Kitty L. for letting us know about the cat in this film!


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All I See is You (2016)

All I See is You poster

SC Films International
Starring:
 Blake Lively, Jason Clark
Directed by: Marc Forster

Synopsis: Gina (Blake Lively) has been blind since a horrific car accident but an operation promises to restore her sight, although this ultimately puts a strain on her relationship with her husband James (Jason Clark).

Purr Blur: In one scene Gina is walking down a dark Bangkok street. A tiny, scraggly kitten is seen walking along a wall for only a few seconds.

All I See is You - scraggly white and black kitten walking along wall

All I See is You - scraggly white and black kitten walking along wall

Final Mewsings: All I see are cats!


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What Lies Beneath (2000)

What Lies Beneath poster

DreamWorks
Starring:
 Michelle Pfeiffer, Micole Mercurio
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Synopsis: Claire Spencer (Michelle Pfeiffer) becomes convinced that a murdered woman is trying to speak to her from beyond the grave.

Kitty Cameo: In one scene Claire visits the mother (Micole Mercurio) of a woman she thinks may be the ghost who is trying to communicate with her. The woman, whose name is Mrs. Frank, owns a ginger tabby cat which she holds on her chest for part of the scene in which they talk.

What Lies Beneath - Mrs. Frank Micole Mercurio petting ginger tabby cat on chest

What Lies Beneath - Mrs. Frank Micole Mercurio petting ginger tabby cat on chest

What Lies Beneath - Mrs. Frank Micole Mercurio petting ginger tabby cat on chest

What Lies Beneath - Mrs. Frank Micole Mercurio petting ginger tabby cat on chest

Final Mewsings: If cats can see ghosts they aren’t telling!


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