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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

VIFF: Frank and the Wondercat

Upon seeing the write-up in the VIFF program, I thought Yay a fun whimsical movie about a cat whose owner likes to dress him up and make him a celebrity! Upon seeing the first few minutes of the film, I thought Yay we're gonna get to watch awesome cat footage on the big screen for about an hour! Upon actually watching the entire film, Frank and the Wondercat, I thought about how sad I felt in the end. This film will not just tug on your heartstrings, it will rip them right out.

If you're a cat lover or a pet owner, you will definitely relate to this documentary about Frank and his beloved cat Pudgie Wudgie, who became an instant celebrity back in the days before Internet cats ruled the scene. I mean, come on, Pudgie Wudgie was on MAURY POVICH.

This intimate portrait of a man and his kitty cat will likely break your heart and leave the pieces scattered in the litter box. Pudgie Wudgie was basically his best friend, and there's no spoiler here, since at the very start of the film, you find out Pudgie Wudgie died in 2001. Frank's home still sits like a shrine to his pet and he carries a pocketbook of photos of him everywhere he goes. It's an unparalleled friendship that is now cemented on celluloid.

Frank and the Wondercat shows again on October 1st at 4pm at the Cinematheque.

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