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When the Cat's Away

When the Cat's Away

A Feature film by Cédric Klapisch

Produced by Vertigo Productions

Release in France : 03/04/1996

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Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

Vertigo Productions

Film exports/foreign sales :

SND Groupe M6

Co-production :

France 2 Cinéma

French distribution :

Bac Films Distribution

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Chloe, a young woman, is going on holidays. She entrusts her beloved cat to Madame Renée's care. But Madame Renée lost Chole's cat. Chloe starts searching the neighborhood... This is the pretext for the exploration of a quarter of Paris and his inhabitants.


"Everyone's looking for someone... something... and their cat ! It's such a silly, lovely idea : that someone losing their cat can practically revolutionise a neighbourhood, change the lives of a girl lost in the crowd and people of two generations; one searching for its memories and the other which doesn't give a damn; and make a film as light and entertaining as a fairytale. It's a ramble through the streets of Paris, meeting people and places along the way. For instance the scene with the down-and-outs : they were there when we arrived, exactly where we wanted to shoot. Instead of asking them to move, Cédric asked them to join in ! The meetings in the film were as true as those outside it. And Cédric's way of looking and wanting were so rich and generous that he swept us all along with him, and so simply. Every scene comes across as perfectly natural and obvious; in real life. I even wondered whether it would change anything if Chloé didn't find her cat. She would still have found that lightness of being, that thirst for life and cheerfulness which leaves us with a ray of hope for humanity."
(Garance Clavel, actress)

Full credits (21)

Executive Producers :

Aïssa Djabri, Farid Lahouassa, Manuel Munz

Screenwriter :

Cédric Klapisch

Sound Recordist :

Olivier Le Vacon

Assistant Operators :

Philippe Roussilhe, Xavier Tauveron

Press Attaché (film) :

Eva Simonet

Sound Editor :

Philippe Heissler

Continuity supervisor :

Agnès Moreau

Stunt performer :

Daniel Vérité

Costume designer :

Pierre-Yves Gayraud

Sales Agent :

Raphaël Berdugo

Still Photographer :

Jérôme Plon

Assistant directors :

Nathalie Bialobos, Jacques Royer

Director of Photography :

Benoît Delhomme

Sound Assistant :

Cyril Moisson

Production Manager :

Sadek Djermoune

Editor :

Francine Sandberg

Assistant editor :

Brigitte Benard

Production Designer :

François Emmanuelli

Casting :

Bruno Lévy

Grader :

Fabrice Blin

Sound Mixer :

Dominique Dalmasso

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Feature film

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100% French

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Runtime :

1 h 35 min

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Dolby SR