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318 Ratings

The Strange Little Cat

Das merkwürdige Kätzchen

Directed by Ramon Zürcher
Germany, 2013


It’s a soft and sunny Sunday afternoon in Berlin, where three generations of a family gather in a flat for an evening meal. There are hectic preparations in the kitchen.

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The Strange Little Cat Directed by Ramon Zürcher

Awards & Festivals

Village Voice Film Poll

2013 | 3rd place: Best Undistributed Film

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2014 | Nominee: Best First Feature

2013 | Nominee: Best Undistributed Film

What are people saying?

  • El Biffo's rating of the film The Strange Little Cat

    There's nothing wrong with the cat, there's something wrong with this film, the writer, and the director. Excerpts: "I'm going to clean up the vomit and feed the rat", "The sausage is attacking us", "You crumpled up the shopping list", ten minutes later, cut to a close-up of the crumpled shopping list. By the end of the film, you can almost hear the cat thinking "I need a new agent".

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film The Strange Little Cat

    The orange peel story reminded me of 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead'. The coin they flip always comes up heads. They attribute it to supernatural forces. But that was a good movie. This is not. It's an exercise in playing with the audience's expectations

  • Erik F.'s rating of the film The Strange Little Cat

    Ugh, what a pointless film. The best part was the squirting sausage -- that should tell you something. And what was so "strange" about the cat? It acted like pretty much any other normal cat in the world. If you're going to call a film "The Strange Little Cat," then at least put a two-headed tabby in there somewhere.

  • saitosouta's rating of the film The Strange Little Cat


  • filmcapsule's rating of the film The Strange Little Cat

    The Strange Little Cat is a strange little film, a brisk, unassuming and cleverly choreographed collection of everyday magic. Zurcher's eye is drawn to moments we all experience, but perhaps not ones we often pause to consider or bother to put into words. Sometimes it takes a film with a pleasantly askew perspective to conjure them in our minds.

  • Jason's rating of the film The Strange Little Cat

    Hands down one of the finest debut features (barely a feature, granted) of recent memory. Baffling, almost, as such, considering Zürcher has such a command of form. Really the main ingredients for cinema as art: mise-en-scène + montage. A topology of good cutting as regards this movie would be easy. Not as easy would be to do adequate justice to the genius on display here re: locating events in and around the frame.

  • Kamran's rating of the film The Strange Little Cat

    A film without narrative where motif itself becomes the object of monotony to ruminate upon. Jokes, melodies, objects, and even camera angles repeat in meticulously measured increments for the sake of form itself. 79/100 - Very Good. (3.5)

  • msmichel's rating of the film The Strange Little Cat

    The mundaneness of family life and daily routine and our need to be connected with those around us is masterfully captured in this first feature from director Ramon Zurcher. Well conceived and captured the film traps us amongst a family apartment where three generations gather for a meal in a way in which most all can relate to. But the need for quiet reflection and solitary sits quiet like the cat behind the door.