When the Cat's Away (1996 film)

When the Cat's Away (French: Chacun cherche son chat) is a 1996 French drama directed by Cédric Klapisch. The movie is set in Paris and stars Garance Clavel, Zinedine Soualem, Renée Le Calm, Olivier Py, Romain Duris, Hélène de Fougerolles, Hiam Abbass and others.

When the Cat's Away
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Film poster
Directed byCédric Klapisch
Produced byAïssa Djabri
Farid Lahouassa
Manuel Munz
Written byCédric Klapisch
StarringGarance Clavel
Zinedine Soualem
Renée Le Calm
CinematographyBenoît Delhomme
Edited byFrancine Sandberg [fr]
Distributed byBAC Films
Release date
  • 3 April 1996 (1996-04-03)
Running time
91 minutes
Budget$1.7 million
Box office$5.3 million[1]


The story is about a young woman living in Paris, in the Bastille neighborhood, who has lost her cat. Through the pursuit of the cat, the film lets the spectator discover the contrasts of the district, which is evolving from a typical Parisian district to a modern and young district and the contrast between its inhabitants, among them a nice simpleton and the old women who are bored. In fact it is the story of a village in a large city, Klapisch shows once again the behaviour of an individual inside a group, as he did in Le péril jeune or Riens du tout. This time he has succeeded in joining together actors, theatre actors and residents of the district, creating a credible atmosphere that is probably the reason for the success of this film outside France.



The main title "Food for Love" was composed and performed by Cqmd.[2]


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