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The Rabbi's Cat

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Fascinating, clever animated tale not meant for young kids.

Movie NR 2012 89 minutes
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GKids follows their 2012 double Oscar nominations for best animated film (Chico & Rita and A Cat in Paris) with yet another sophisticated, substantive animated tale from another country. Sfar and his co-director have managed to adapt Sfar's adventurous graphic novels to the big screen with a beautiful palette that makes Algeria come alive and shines a light on the rarely explored history of the Sephardic Jews who lived there before World War II.

Although the movie's many subplots are interesting, a few characters seem unnecessarily introduced -- like the rabbi's desert journeyman cousin "Lion Malka," who figures prominently in the books but has little to do in the movie. But the cat's myriad observations about religion and life are both educational and entertaining (and occasionally hilarious). And audiences will learn as they're sucked into a story with messages that are still relevant -- particularly the relationship between the rabbi and his Muslim cousin. This cat speaks the truth, and THE RABBI'S CAT is an animated adventure worth reading subtitles to see.

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