In America, people generally don't let their cats roam free. That's what the ASPCA recommends. Of course there's the radicals, like PETA that thinks we shouldn't have pets. It seems like the cats are less likely to be preyed upon by dogs in Istanbul than they are over here. It seems like we trade their freedom for longer lives.
A vibrant and beautifully rendered salute to Istanbul's everyday residents as witnessed through their acts of selfless caring and two-way gratitude for the scores of feral and semi-feral feline friends. Light and full of hope! 3.5 stars
"We all have running tabs at the vets here. Whatever’s in the tip jar goes to the cats." As long as there are humans who respect and learn from and care for non-human animals, I can't lose hope in us entirely... Moving and affirming in the least contrived ways. (And Torun's deliberately narrow focus re: Turkey comes off looking much more like artistic/directorial integrity than irresponsibility.) Nicely done. 3.75
A love song to Cat-stantinople and an antidote for anyone dwelling on the world's negativity. I laughed and smiled so many times, and that was after I was forced to return to the theater because a mid-day showing on Saturday sold out here in Chicago. A pleasant surprise nonetheless.
Anyone who reads the exasperating comment threads below animal videos on YouTube knows that the relationship between "animal" and "human" is fraught with ethical relativism and anthropomorphism. "Kedi" has been criticized for not asking the hard questions, but I suspect Torun saw these arguments as a distraction from the divine: these willful creatures without master are fascinating to behold just as they are.
What a beautiful, life affirming film! I, like many, was desperate to see it due to my overwhelming love for cats, and it exceeded all expectations. A film about love, life, nature, faith, the city and people of Istanbul, and of course cats. "If you can enjoy the presence of a cat, a bird, a flower, all the world will be yours". That line stuck with me, and the message rang true throughout the film.