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Mysterious, Adorable, Purrfect "Kedi"

by Nathaniel R

As a self-confessed crazy cat lady, I'm not sure why it took me so long to see the Turkish documentary Kedi. But it's fitting that I finally saw it late last night. I didn't even realize until this morning that I had ushered in National Cat Day with the streetcats of Istanbul. Since I am not a frequent documentary-watcher (unlike Glenn) I tend to only see them when the subject matter really intrigues me or if awards season comes calling...

Needless to say I'm hoping the Academy will see fit to take Kedi seriously from their long list of eligible docs. That's not because it's high profile and successful (nearly $3 million at the US box office) but because it's quite a graceful layered movie. In profiling several memorable felines with vividly distinct personalities (you're bound to have a favorite), it also manages to paint a portrait of the diversity and resilience of cities and city people's lives. It finds ways to transcend "cute" when it delves into the connection people make to the animals they share their daily lives with. Plus the cinematography is breathtaking and "how did they do that?" technically awe-inspiring.

I especially loved the documentaries carefully curated conversations about the animals. The mosaic of voices insightfully balances both our anthropomorphizing tendencies with the knowledge that animals are ultimately unknowable, aliens really... as one woman in the film aptly puts it.

I loved it. How about you?

Kedi is now available for streaming on YouTube

further reading:
Oscar Documentary Long List - 170 Titles (Glenn Dunks)
Oscar Documentary Prediction Chart - (Nathaniel)
Kedi Review (Glenn Dunks) 

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Reader Comments (7)

Props to Oscilloscope for releasing this, and for making it their highest grossing film ever! Who'da thunk it?

October 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterThomas

It played here at PIFF and then had a LONG first and second theatrical run here in Portland, and yet I still put it off. However, an encore showing is playing tonight for National Cat Day. Maybe I ought to go!

October 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRoger

I loved it.

October 30, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterIan

I can't remember if it was last year or this year but Kedi was a VERY POPULAR film at the Melbourne Film Festival down here in Australia. I now wish I saw it. Everyone I met who saw it had nothing but raves for it. I love cats but I love dogs more. Maybe thats why I didn't see it. I thought my dogs would be upset with me. LOL.

October 30, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBette Streep

Bette, was last year at MIFF.

So glad you liked it. So much so that I'll just ignore the reminder that you don't care for documentaries.

October 30, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn Dunks

This is such a beautiful film. When I left the cinema, I was just so happy.

October 30, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterIvonne

It's wonderful. It made me happy to be alive. It also made me want to go to Istanbul.

October 30, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJill

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