Starring: Ulrich Tukur, Mario Adorf, Helge Schneider, Wolfgang Hess
Directed by: Michael Schaack
Synopsis: Based on the acclaimed novel series by Akif Pirinçci, Felidae is the story of a cat named Frances (voiced by Ulrich Tukur) who moves into a new neighborhood and is immediately embroiled in a series of gruesome murders, which he is determined to solve. This film is only available on a Region 2 DVD (which requires a region-free player to view) and sadly there is only an English dubbed version on the disc. Well worth seeking out!
Cartoon Cats: The cats are the entire focus of this film, even though they occupy a human world. The characters are complex and interesting, including Frances himself, who solves the crimes in part by studying his dark and disturbing dreams. Frances first meets Blaubart, a neighborhood cat who tells him about the murders, which they believe to have been committed by a “can opener” (slang for human.) In his search for the truth, Frances meets the wise Pascal, who shares more information that he’s gathered about the murders, and Felicitas, a blind and beautiful female cat. Frances also discovers a strange cult focusing on a mythical cat named Claudandus, which may have some connection with the murders.
Strong Kitty Carnage Warning! This film makes Watership Down look tame by comparison. This is an adult story with very adult themes … it is a murder mystery involving cats. There are some very violent and gruesome scenes in this film, including the crime scenes and Frances’ very graphic and disturbing nightmares (which are beautifully rendered for all their gore.) There is also an interesting sex scene (very realistic although not particularly graphic.) There are also scenes of cats undergoing vivisection. If you do not want to see cats involved in violence or cannot stomach even animated gore, give this a pass. Also I definitely wouldn’t recommend it for little kids.
Final Mewsings: There desperately needs to be an English subtitled version of this film made available (sorry, but the English dubbed version just doesn’t cut it.)