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A Cat in Paris (2010)

Une vie de chat (original title)
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In Paris, a cat who lives a secret life as a cat burglar's aide must come to the rescue of Zoe, the little girl he lives with, after she falls into a gangster's clutches.

Writers:

Alain Gagnol (screenplay), Jacques-Rémy Girerd (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dominique Blanc ... Jeanne (voice)
Bernadette Lafont ... Claudine (voice)
Bruno Salomone Bruno Salomone ... Nico (voice)
Jean Benguigui Jean Benguigui ... Victor Costa (voice)
Oriane Zani Oriane Zani ... Zoé (voice)
Bernard Bouillon Bernard Bouillon ... Lucas (voice)
Jacques Ramade Jacques Ramade ... Monsieur Bébé (voice)
Jean-Pierre Yvars Jean-Pierre Yvars ... Monsieur Hulot (voice)
Patrick Ridremont Patrick Ridremont ... Monsieur Grenouille (voice)
Patrick Descamps Patrick Descamps ... Monsieur Patate (voice)
Yves Barbaut Yves Barbaut ... Garde 1 / Gardien Zoo (voice)
Line Wiblé Line Wiblé ... Vieille Dame (voice)
JB Blanc ... Victor Costa (voice)
Steve Blum ... Nico (voice)
Marcia Gay Harden ... Jeanne (voice)
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Storyline

Dino is a cat that leads a double life. By day, he lives with Zoe, a little girl whose mother, Jeanne, is a police officer. By night, he works with Nico, a burglar with a big heart. Zoe has plunged herself into silence following her father's murder at the hands of gangster Costa. One day, Dino the cat brings Zoe a very valuable bracelet. Lucas, Jeanne's second-in-command, notices this bracelet is part of a jewelery collection that has been stolen. One night, Zoe decides to follow Dino. On the way, she overhears some gangsters and discovers that her nanny is part of the gangsters' team. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

By Day Child's Pet, By Night Dangerous Thief.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild violence and action, and some thematic material | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 December 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

En katt i Paris See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€418,885 (France), 19 December 2010, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,554, 3 June 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$309,973

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,080,634
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

When code names are assigned, one of the men is called 'Monsieur Hulot' (or 'M. Hulot'). This is a reference to the character created by Jacques Tati. See more »

Crazy Credits

The end credits play over an animation of characters, action and backgrounds seen during the film proper. The major difference between this animation and the film is that this animation is black silhouettes on a blue background. See more »

Connections

References Goodfellas (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Une vie de chat / A Cat In Paris (Theme)
Music composed by Serge Besset
Performed by Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra-Sif 309, Vincent Beer-Demander(mandolin), Alain Territo (double bass), Jean-Marc Michel(accordion), Andy Barron (percussion), Pierre Drevet (trumpet)
Conducted by Stéphane Cortial
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Surprisingly satisfying entertainment for a short film
17 September 2012 | by estreet-evaSee all my reviews

At 70 minutes, "A Cat in Paris" is the little film that could. The hand-drawn animated film packs a surprising amount of action and pathos into a children's cartoon and weaves a fairly rich back story that lends heft to the battle that unfolds between a cat burglar and the cat he shares with the local police chief versus the leader of a ring of art thieves. Leave it to the French to give the older child target audience some real narrative meat to chew on - although the action can be a little rough at times and some scenes will clearly scare younger viewers. The hand-drawn animation technique amplifies the scare factor but equally amplifies the warmth factor with scenes of the Dino the cat (and cat burglar)sinuously jumping from Parisian rooftop to rooftop approaching art. While the film is mostly beautiful to look at there are some plot problems such as the movie never stopping to explain how the older, puffy antagonist can keep up with our experienced cat burglar and his feline accomplice step-for-step across the Paris skyline. Also, action scenes too heavily dominate the run-time so at times it feels like Mel Gibson action movies from the 1990's. In short, the brief run time and a lack of memorable characters recommend it to a rental rather than a $12 a kid multiplex visit but it is a charming little film.


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