Director: Ceyda Torun
Starring: Bengu, Deniz, Duman, Gamsiz, Aslan Parcasi, Psikopat, Sari
Out of all the myriad film genres out there, Documentary seems to be one that I rarely visit, but when I do, I often find some of the best films I've seen in some time. Spoilers, but wouldn't you know it tonights film fits squarely into that very description. I had started seeing trailers for Kedi last year at my amazing local independent theater "The Pickford Film Center" but for some reason or another never ended up going to see it during its theatrical run. Last month though I finally got around to watching it. What did I think? Well this is the "intro" paragraph and I don't tell you that until the "opinion" paragraph so you'll have to keep reading. Without further ado, and fourth wall breakage, lets dive right in and find out!
A documentary following the lives of the street cats living in modern day Istanbul, and how they affect, and are affected by the human populous that lives around and often with them.
I went into Kedi pretty much just expecting a feel good "doc" about some eccentric cats and the people who care for them. What I walked away with though was more then that. Kedi is one of the most beautiful and heartfelt movie experiences that I have had in years. I say beautiful because the film is absolutely rife with gorgeous cinematography, not only of the feline characters but of the city of Istanbul itself. I'm honestly not being hyperbolic when I say that this is one of the best looking documentaries I've ever seen full stop. To top off this breathtaking beauty is an extremely human and often philosophical look at coexisting with nature in our insane modern world. I finished Kedi misty eyed, and with a big goofy grin on my face. It filled my heart with happiness and left me with a feeling of hope for humanity that honestly these days is hard to come by. My only complaint about the film is that I didn't go see it last year so I could have put it in my Top 5 of 2017. I guess it will just have to do with being added to my favorites of all time. Oh well.
Trivia from IMDB for Kedi:
The cat-level action cam was mounted on a remote control toy car.
On a couple of buildings, the graffito "ERDO GONE" can be seen. It's a protest message playing on the name of Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
"Kedi" is Turkish for "cat".