The Movie: Kedi
The Director: Ceyda Torun
The Cast: Sari, Bengü, Aslan Parçası, Psikopat, Deniz, Gamsiz, and Duman.
The Story: A profile of an ancient city and its unique people, seen through the eyes of the most mysterious and beloved animal humans have ever known, the Cat. - imdb.com
Holy wow, this movie made me so happy. This may be the first time I have ever wanted to hug a movie. On the surface, this is basically a documentary about the cat population of Istanbul and how they are perceived more as citizens than pets by their human counterparts. Seriously though, I would describe it more as a magical journey through the world these felines live in and the whole thing game me all kinds of emotions. Yes, I have a cat so I'm a bit biased when it comes to the subject matter. That being said, I can honestly say that director Ceyda Torun has put together a film that just about anyone should be able to enjoy. Specific cats are focused on for their unique situations and diverse personalities making for plenty of opportunity to fall for each one of them whether they are extremely lovable little kittens or older, more ornery feline options.
Finding inventive and creative ways to film from the cats' perspective had to be a huge challenge but the end result pays off beautifully. It was so much fun having an over the shoulder view as the various cats ran in and out of buildings, doorways, alleys, rooftops, and just about anywhere they felt like going. From what I understand, Torun and cinematographer Charlie Wupperman employed a variety of techniques including the use of what they call "cat-cams", drone cams, and more traditional types of regular cameras which made for a very rich and rewarding experience.
Obviously, I loved this movie and I'm sure Flash (my cat) enjoyed it just as much as I did. He was watching along with me, of course. If you are a cat lover, you will actually love watching this movie although it is not required. Aside from being a big pile of kitty cuteness, Kedi is actually a very compelling and engaging documentary that shines a light on one of the more unique and interesting relationships between the progress of human beings and a feline population that fully understands and believes that they are the true rulers of the universe.