Film Review From A Feminist Persective-A Cat In Paris

19 Oct

I recently started an internship at Facets which is a multimedia center focused on film.  It’s belief is that “Film is the world’s most influential art form.” I completely agree with this statement because despite one’s race, culture, or socioeconomic background we have all been exposed to films.  We take away lessons or beliefs from films without even fully realizing it most of the time.  Since I will be watching many new and old films I’m going to start reviewing them “from a feminist perspective”.

A Cat in Paris is of course set in Paris.  It is an animation about a young girl and her cat. The cat goes out at night to meet up with a cat burglar and they steal jewelry and art from the rich.  The cat is the lookout.  It is stylized after the classic noir films.

I wanted to like this film, I really did.  I enjoy animated films and love cats, but I had too many issues with this film to enjoy it.

What I didn’t like:

  • There are 3 female characters.  The little girl who is mute until the end of the movie.  Her mother who is a superintendent on the police force who wants revenge against the man who killed her husband.  And lastly, the nanny who turns out to be the “bad guy’s” girlfriend.  So let’s recap- a young female character who can’t talk, a woman whose main existence is revenge, & a woman who is the girlfriend.  Please give me some female roles that aren’t based around men.
  • The male characters are mean and bullies.  I feel when children see this it makes this behavior appear normal and acceptable.
  • The young girl is kidnapped by the bad guy to be used as a pawn.
  • When the cat burglar, Nico, rescues the young girl he whispers in her ear “I’m here to rescue you princess”.  How cliched.  Why can’t writers come up with anything more interesting than damsels in distress needing to be rescued?
  • Typical sappy ending where the mother of the girl and the cat burglar end up together and all 3 are now a happy family.

What I did like:

  • The relationship the young girl had with her cat, Dino.  Even though she couldn’t talk one could see the tenderness and love they had for each other.
  • The music.  It features the blues of  Billie Holiday.
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