Chatty Catties

New American Cinema

SIFF Says:

Cat owners often feel like they can communicate with their pets, but imagine if you were able to have full conversations with your feline roommates about life, love, career, and household chores. Would you be able to see eye-to-eye with your fuzzy friend, or would you constantly be at each other’s throats, trading vicious barbs over the quality of that day’s flavor of Friskies or the frequency of litter removal? In this black comedy set in such an alternate world, sassy tabby Leonard (voice of John Autry II) is at odds with human Shelby (Megan Hensley), whose own emotional problems limit her abilities to provide for the most basic of Leonard’s needs. But when she begins a relationship with kindhearted musician Nate (Matthew Grathwol), Leonard sees a brighter future for both him and his owner. To emphasize the film’s themes of communication, every cat onscreen is voiced by a deaf or hard-of-hearing performer, making for a unique cinematic experience and a commentary on the roles not often available to hearing-impaired actors.

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Film Credits
Pablo Valencia
Megan Hensley, Matthew Grathwol, John Autry II, Julia Holter, Jennie Russ Tamblyn
SIFF 2015