"It is a great asset in life not to know what you're talking about." This curious meander is an attempt to determine what people are talking about on the streets of Paris between 2002 and 2004. Marker is not at all certain that the people know themselves. But that they are on the streets, some of them, under the benevolent, supportive, mildly mocking grin of a cartoon cat may mean, perhaps, that all hope is not lost.
This movie is more difficult to non-Francophone viewers than Sans Soleil, but its localized focus on the street demonstrations of Paris and the proto-memeological M. Chat make it worth the visit into a type of geography more a projection of Marker's subconscious than a document of real streets. Having been to Paris, this is a parallel phantasm of the character that hides behind the commerce and commercial. --DiB
All ye Marker fans, if you haven't already found this:
Marker in his latest disguise called Kosinki has a sly channel on youtube :) This little film/multimedia project is full of injokes and quotations from the history of European art. Would be great as a companion piece to The Case of the Grinning Cat.
I can't say I understood all of it since I am not up on French politics (but the more I watch Marker films, the more I wish I was). I understood enough to get the feeling he was conveying and of course his humor and genius editing were present, as always. I wish he made more videos like this during this decade.
Marker à la recherche des chats in the streets of Paris and the tunnels of the metro, the cats are calling for peace 'faites des chats pas la guerre', they are even creating their own films such as 'Le fabuleux Poulain d'Amélie Destin'. As Marker searches he finds not only cats but a foreboding, and the day of the invasion of Iraq unsuspecting metro passengers are blasted by audio explosions. Very kooky film. 5/5
Pleasing free-floating feline psychogeography. Marker truly appreciates the necessity of cats. Fiercely and misanthropically humanist like Kurt Vonnegut in his old age. Not quite sure about his use of Marie Trintignant's murder in the last few minutes, but with Marker you're always in capable hands.