Kedi PictureKedi Rating - 4 Paws
Warning: Seeing “Kedi” may make you want to go to Istanbul. This film a documentary of the city, where you, as the viewer, get to travel around and meet many of its residence. Most of the locals you encounter, however, are cats. The people you see are there to talk about the cats.

This movie is a real treat, showing the abundance of cats in Istanbul. They are literally everywhere – on cars, awnings, and in shops. They are in the city and by the sea. There’s not a scene without a cat (and usually more), and the cats are at the heart of every moment. While we get to meet seven cats in particular, there are so many other cats and kittens displayed in this film that you will wish you could meet them all.

Though we see a lot of cats, we also get to meet a few people, too. These people are a delight, too. Each and everyone of them speaks highly of the cats in their lives. Most of them talk about the very real impact that the felines have had on them, improving them and their existence for the better. Indeed, some go so far as to say that the cats have saved them. These are people who definitely love the cats around them. Hearing them talk about the cats – along with all of the kitty visuals – will definitely make you think about your own cat, and the joy it brings to your own life. If your cat likes cuddling, be ready to want a snuggle after the film. (Actually, be ready to want a snuggle, despite your cats’ feelings.)

There is one part that takes a turn towards a sad, but inevitable part of living with cats: Their unfortunate end. Some people talk about the cats that have passed away, and there is a brief part of a kitten who seems like he may not have long for this world (though it is not graphic). However, compared to the rest of this movie, this is only a small segment and treated tastefully and with a love for the felines. While sad, it’s easier to stomach when surrounded by the joys of cat life.

There is also a mild bit of cat-on-cat violence (territory or partner-feuding), it’s never too bad. It always shows both cats are fine and well at the end of things (though one’s ego may be a little hurt). This is also minimal, and, much like the above, inevitable when there are many cats in one space.

The best thing about the movie is its core: It’s a celebration of cats as individuals and cats as a whole. We get to meet seven different cats, each with a person to tell us about what makes it unique and delightful. They each have their own little quirks and distinct personalities: One is dominant, the top cat of her neighborhood, keeping close tabs on her “husband” and her food supply. Another came to be a hunter for a restaurant of his own accord, keeping the rats at bay. Another male cat adopted some abandoned kittens, and, with the help of a loving human, is helping them thrive. One particularly enjoyable segment involves Bengü, a cat who loves to be petted (which we see through glorious montage.) Every cat has a role, and each role is praised and admired by the humans who know them. They are the individuals that make up the bigger picture of the many cats that live there.

Cats in general in this film are also celebrated. They are life savers and spiritual guides. They live throughout the city, awaiting petting and brightening the lives of the children and adults who pass by them. One woman even suggests that if we look to the cat, we could improve ourselves. Ceyda Torun – the producer and director of the film – loves cats (as expressed in the film’s about me page) and has conveyed that love beautifully. I’ve not seen a film that greater communicates why we adore cats. The cats are lauded both as the fantastic animals they are and as a staple of the city. Seeing this movie will make you proud to be a cat lover.

It will also make you want to look up airfare for Istanbul.

Watch the trailer below, and then find a theatre playing it near you!

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