Killing Me Softly (2002)

Killing Me Softly poster

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
 Heather Graham, Joseph Fiennes, Natascha McElhone
Directed by: Chen Kaige

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

Synopsis: Alice (Heather Graham) is an American living in London who abandons her steady, sweet romance for an exciting, spur-of-the-moment relationship with mountain climber Adam (Joseph Fiennes) whose unusual behavior makes her start to worry for her safety.

Featured Feline: Alice first meets Adam on a London street and ends up going home with him.  As she enters what appears to be his place a cat can be heard meowing.  Almost immediately Alice and Adam start making love passionately.  They end up on the living room floor where Alice looks up to see a gray shorthaired cat looking at them.

Killing Me Softly - close up of gray cat

They continue to make love and the cat runs off.

Killing Me Softly - second close up of gray cat

After Alice leaves her boyfriend for Adam she returns to the house and is shocked when the door is answered by a woman (Natascha McElhone) holding the cat.

Killing Me Softly - Deborah Natascha McElhone holding gray cat in doorway

Alice is relieved when the woman explains she is Adam’s sister, Deborah.  Deborah also explains that the cat’s name is Mr. Know-it-All.

Killing Me Softly - Deborah Natascha McElhone petting gray cat on couch

It turns out this is Deborah’s place and Adam was just staying with her, so Mr. Know-it-All isn’t seen very much in the film but does turn up near the end when Adam goes to Deborah’s apartment in search of Alice.

Killing Me Softly - third close up of gray cat

Final Mewsings: Cats may know it all but they’re not telling.

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