Eleanor (2011)

Directed by: Chloé Bury

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

Synopsis: A reclusive woman is afraid to face the world despite encouragement from her cat.

Cartoon Cat: Eleanor works in a church and lives in an adjacent cottage with her adorable white cat.

Eleanor - white cat petted by Eleanor while eating

Eleanor - white cat eating with Eleanor in background

She sweeps up the rice from the floor after weddings (no doubt this was inspired by the Beatles song Eleanor Rigby) as her cat runs around.

Eleanor - white cat running around Eleanor as she sweeps up rice from church floor

But Eleanor won’t step outside the doors. She has agoraphobia and depression, a crippling duo of social disorders which makes the world a terrifying place.

Eleanor - white cat with Eleanor who is tempted to step outside

Eleanor - white cat encouraging Eleanor to step outside

Eleanor - white cat watching Eleanor run back inside

Sadly she slips further and further into her seclusion. The cat tries to encourage her and is her constant comfort.

Eleanor - white cat at Eleanor's feet

Eleanor - white cat comforting Eleanor

Eleanor - white cat concerned for Eleanor

Eleanor - white cat with Eleanor in deep despair

We won’t tell you what happens. This is a very short, sweet film that really needs to be seen to be appreciated.

Eleanor - white cat looking out window

Final Mewsings: Cats sometimes know what’s best for us even when we don’t.

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