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films with cats

by Juan Soto
She doesn’t like cats at all, actually, she hates them but a lot of people that I know and I like, love cats. I don’t know if I want to live with a cat anytime, but if I would, I know she could leave me. In case that I would, I’ll need some good reasons. 1. Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil. Although several Marker’s films could be here, Sans Soleil is the one that makes me feel near to her when she is far away, like now. This film makes me think about her in the same way he remembers those “three children on a road in Iceland, in 1965”: as the image of happiness. 2. Jean Vigo’s L’atalante. My profile picture is a frame of this film in which the… Read more

She doesn’t like cats at all, actually, she hates them but a lot of people that I know and I like, love cats.
I don’t know if I want to live with a cat anytime, but if I would, I know she could leave me.
In case that I would, I’ll need some good reasons.

1. Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil. Although several Marker’s films could be here, Sans Soleil is the one that makes me feel near to her when she is far away, like now. This film makes me think about her in the same way he remembers those “three children on a road in Iceland, in 1965”: as the image of happiness.

2. Jean Vigo’s L’atalante. My profile picture is a frame of this film in which the main character is inmerse in the sea and has a memory in which his girl, who had left before, appears diffused and wearing her wedding dress. To remind her, he puts his head in a bucket full of water.
Vigo was born in an attic that was constantly swarming with cats like the barge ‘L’Atalante’ in this film. This image could frighten her a lot.

3. Victor Erice’s The Spirit of the Beehive. Isabel, one of the girls in this film, paints her lips with her own blood after the cat scratches her. The color of the blood looks like Chiara’s lipstick (Russian Red).

4. Altman´s The Long Goodbye. Anyone should want to have Philip Marlowe´s cat personality. I don´t know many people who perfectly knows what they want in life as this cat. At least I don’t, but she… she certainly knows that she doesn’t like cats.

5. Hitchcock’s To catch a thief. Each time we don’t know what we want to see, we watch a Hitchcock film. This one, for instance, we watched it before she left to Cannes for ten long days. I missed her a lot, in part for jealousy, in part for envy. Sometimes I would like to be such stealthy as a Cat Burglar.

6. Kaneto Shindo’s Kuroneko. Is weird to catalogue as “lovely” a horror film, but we could say that this film, is at the same time a horror-film and a melodramatic love story. The cat in this film scare me as she could have been. I just saw this film alone and this is the reason because I’m making this list.

7. Chiara Maranon’s The boy who never went ice skating. Although she hates cats, cats are the things that make me think about her the most.

8. I have decided to continue this list because this selection was not very accurate but also because I saw the Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis and I wanted to include it, so from now on, I will post films without more words.

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