In Une Vie de Chat, Dino is the cat who leads a double life. Comforting when called upon, Dino is the close friend and consort to a lonely seven-year-old girl, Zoe.
Going back to Dino, it appears that during the day the cat is on one side of the law, while at night on the other. As the story of Une Vie de Chat unfolds, Nico and Dino become increasingly adept at their work. But when Dino brings home to Zoe a marvelous bracelet one night, a few suspicions arise. While visiting Zoe and her mother, the police department's second-in-command notices the bracelet, and ponders how it came to rest in the girl's possession. Meanwhile, after a few wayward thoughts and curious glances, Zoe herself decides to follow her kitten one night. Where does Dino go? Perhaps it's time to find out. Une Vie de Chat thus kicks into another gear, as Zoe traces the second life of her beloved cat, meets the spry burglar Nico (who prefers finesse over violence), and even runs into a few bad guys heading up Paris' criminal underworld.
The animated film is directed by Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli, who when asked about the film's tenor from early production to completion, noted "We wanted to play with the codes for classic thriller that viewers are intrigued by [..] suspense and fun. Beyond the thriller, this film chronicles the redemption of two people. It is a world both real and imaginary. The strength of the cartoon is in this gap." It takes "one small step," he continued, "to give the film this strange feeling that accompanies us on long after a dream."
Girerd has also commented on the film's dreamlike qualities, emphasizing the script's use of subtlety and silence as increasingly effective variables in managing an emotional and gratifying social narrative.
In addition to Folimage, partners on Une Vie de Chat included production studios/groups Lunanime (Belgium), Digit Anima (Belgium), and Rhone-Alpes Cinema (France). The film is distributed locally by Gebeka Films, with worldwide sales handled by Films Distribution.
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