AFFFF Review: The Rabbi’s Cat (2011)

Set in Algeria in the 1920s – a time when the country was still under French rule and its citizens were a diverse mix of Jews, Muslims and Christians (both Arab and non-Arab) – the Rabbi in question (voiced by Maurice Bénichou) is a respected elder in his sleepy coastal town. Other than a daughter who’s growing up too fast (Hafsia Herzi) and a mild rivalry with a fellow Jewish elder, he has few worries in life and spends his days lazily lounging in cafés watching the world go by. But once his cat (François Morel) suddenly finds a voice, he’s loath to shut up – challenging the Rabbi’s religious and philosophical views and generally upturning the lives of the Rabbi and his daughter.

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