Starring: Sari, Duman, Bengü, Aslan Parçasi, Gamsiz, Psikopat, Deniz
Directed by: Ceyda Torun
Synopsis: A charming documentary which follows the lives of various street cats who share their lives with the human citizens of the city of Istanbul.
Reality Cats: It’s not hard to see why this film has won the hearts of cat lovers all over the world. Kedi is Turkish for cat and the film features footage of many of the feral cats who make the streets of Istanbul their home.
While showing many cats, the film spotlights seven specific cats. Sari, the street hustler is shown working the sidewalk cafes without shame, then reveals one of the main reasons behind her resourcefulness.
Duman is a gentleman who has a charming way of letting a delicatessen proprietor know when he wants to be fed.
Bengü is a lover who just loves to be brushed by the human she is attached to and is a soft contrast to her industrial surroundings.
Aslan Parçasi is a hunter seen patrolling for rats and mice around the waterside restaurant Bosphorus.
Gamsiz is a player who chooses who to visit and how to gain entrance when wanted.
Psikopat is a psycho kitty who terrorizes her domain, ruling with a firm paw.
And finally Deniz is a social butterfly who wins hearts in a local organic marketplace.
Director Ceyda Torun approached this film in a very respectful and fascinating way by following the cats and letting them be themselves. Their personalities shine through loud and clear with no interference from the filmmakers. The sheer technical work this must have involved, i.e. timing when and where the cats would be, getting down to the cats’ level to film without being intimidating or scaring off their subjects, and wading through countless hours of footage to create a flowing narrative, is impressive.
I told director Ceyda Torun at a screening of the film in Los Angeles that I thought this was the best cat movie I’d ever seen. But it’s not only a great movie about cats, it’s also an insightful movie about humanity. An absolute must-see!
Final Mewsings: If you’re looking for a cat movie, this is the one.