SFAFF: "Mon ami, le chat" (1982)

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Film: Mon ami, le chat


Released: February, 1982


The only feature film directed by the French folk singer Caroline Dreyfuss, Mon ami, le chat was met with critical bemusement upon its release in early 1982. The sweet, surreal story of a teenage girl's coming-of-age and the advice she is given by her wry feline companion, Burt, is certainly rough around the edges. Dreyer was not a filmmaker by profession. What the director lacked in technique was more than compensated for by her wit, her sensitivity, and a winning-turn by debutant star Andrea Bourdain as the heroine, Lucette. The ups and downs of Lucette and Burt's friendship are funny, well-observed, and occasionally sad, thanks in no small part to Burt's melancholic observations and asides (Burt's voice performer is uncredited, but believed to be Dreyfuss's own father, Olivier). Out of print for many years, Mon ami, le chat has only grown in stature in its absence, and is now recognised as one of the most under-celebrated jewels in the dazzling crown of French cinema.

Created: Apr 10, 2014

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