If you love cats then the Turkish documentary Kedi is a delightful peek into the lives of the very attractive street cats and kittens living in Istanbul and the people who love and care for them. If you don’t love cats I can only imagine you are wondering what on earth the rest of us are on about when it comes to Kedi but then this film isn’t for you, now is it? The first thing we see in Kedi is a gorgeous tabby deliberately moving through the streets but it’s all shot from the level of the cat. Filmmaker Ceyda Torun gets us down at their level and pulls us into the cat-human circle of life right away.
The characters in Kedi who do talk are the ones who interact with the cats daily – feeding them, sheltering them, petting them, vetting them, shooing them off the fresh fish catch, and looking after their kittens. But it’s the felines who tell us the tale of their Istanbul and how the kindness of these humans makes their lives possible in many respects. The film is incredibly touching, funny and sweet. It’s also a beautiful representation of Istanbul and it’s day-to-day life. I suspect you’ll be surprised at how many emotions Kedi evokes but it’s akin to the surprise and delight when a cat curls up next to you and starts to purr: go with that unexpected joy.
Really, really short review: Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur! Happy kitty, sleepy kitty, purr purr purr!
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