'KEDI': Four Stars (Out of Five)
A Turkish documentary about the thousands of stray cats that live on the streets of Istanbul, and how they effect the community there. The movie was directed by Ceyda Torun, a Turkish-born filmmaker that now works out of the US, and it was produced by Torun and Charlie Wuppermann. The film has received nearly unanimous rave reviews from critics, and it's been performing really well at indie theaters (including my local theater, here in Corvallis, Oregon). Being a cat lover, I definitely enjoyed it.
In Turkey, thousands of cats have lived on the streets of Istanbul (the largest city there) for centuries. Some of those cats are cared for, and deeply loved, by the people there. This film focuses on seven cats in particular; Sari, Duman, Bengu, Aslan, Parcasi, Gamsiz, Psikopat and Deniz. The film crew followed these cats around, while continuously filming them at street level. The crew also interviewed several people that interact with these felines.
I think anyone that loves cats, or animals in general, will enjoy this movie. It does seem a bit long and slow-paced (even though it's only 80 minutes long), but the visuals are always beautiful to watch. The film is also pretty insightful, about how the cats deeply effect the people living in the community there. It's another great argument for why everyone needs to go vegan! Still, it would have been a lot better, and more effective, as a 20 to 30 minute short film. As it is, it kind of feels like a feature length YouTube cat video. It's more insightful than that, but still the cat videos that go on for too long can always benefit from better editing.
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Kedi (2017) 720p YIFY Movie
A profile of an ancient city and its unique people, seen through the eyes of the most mysterious and beloved animal humans have ever known, the Cat.
IMDB: 7.72 Likes
- Genre: Documentary |
- Quality: 720p
- Size: 577.80M
- Resolution: 1280*800 / 23.976 fpsfps
- Language: English
- Run Time: 79
- IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
- MPR: Normal
- Peers/Seeds: 1 / 17
The Synopsis for Kedi (2017) 720p
In the city of Istanbul, there are more than just human inhabitants. There are also the stray domestic cats of the city who live free but have complicated relationships with the people themselves. This film follows a selection of individual cats as they live their own lives in Istanbul with their own distinctive personalities. However, with this vibrant population, is the reality of an ancient metropolis changing with the times that may have less of a place for them.
The Director and Players for Kedi (2017) 720p
The Reviews for Kedi (2017) 720p
Being a cat lover, I definitely enjoyed it.Reviewed byHellmantVote: 8/10
'KEDI': Four Stars (Out of Five)
if you love cats, and admire/respect people who love cats, you will love this film.
Kedi focuses on a half a dozen or so cats and their primary human caretakers. Each cat has their own very unique personality put on them by their caretakers. These individuals who take their of these people are very respectable, humble people. You will really admire how much these cats mean to them. They take on a very philosophical, down-to-earth, often religious approach to why they care for these stray cats. For most of these people, these cats have improved their lives and given them a better respect/appreciation towards life in general. It's very touching.
There are also many scenes of of the city, showing random stray cats going about their lives, the cinematography and camera-work showing of the city is really great. These are a few brief scenes where you don't see any cats at all, just the people of Istanbul going about their daily lives.
Does this film ever get depressing you may ask? Well, there is one sad scene in the film, but it is also one of those moments that you just have to accept as being a fact of life for these stray cats. There are also a couple scenes where you see swarms of cats waiting to be fed by their people, or scenes of litters of kittens living in dirty, clearly not ideal living conditions, and it makes you wish the city had some sort of TNR program to deal with the population of all these cats, but again, it's just one of those things you have to accept.
Kedi is a all around feel-good film. But it did make me wonder when it was all filmed, considering the political turmoil currently going on in Turkey. It made me wonder how the people shown in the film and their cats are doing, if their lives have been negatively affected by all the chaos. I would certainly hope that is not the case.
If you can still catch this film at your local theater that shows independent/art-house films, it is worth seeing for sure. Otherwise rent it or buy the DVD when it is released then.
Beautiful, captivating, kind and gentle, Kedi, explores the bond between humans and the street cats of Istanbul. It's refreshing to see a creative documentary without politics or religion. Incredible cinematography and a creative plot. Kedi tugs at the heart and reminds us to be kind and loving while putting other creatures first. It's uplifting and original. A MUST see.