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Le chat du rabbin (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $4,301Details
International Box Office $1,433,922Details
Worldwide Box Office $1,438,223
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Based on the best-selling graphic novel by Joann Sfar, The Rabbi’s Cat tells the story of a rabbi and his talking cat – a sharp-tongued feline philosopher brimming with scathing humor and a less than pure love for the rabbi’s voluptuous teenage daughter. Algeria in the 1930s is an intersection of Jewish, Arab and French culture. A cat belonging to a widowed rabbi and his beautiful daughter, Zlabya, eats the family parrot and miraculously gains the ability to speak. Along with the power of speech comes unparalleled sardonic wit, and the cat – and filmmaker Sfar – spare no group or individual as they skewer faith, tradition and authority in a provocative exploration of (among other things) God, lust, death, phrenology, religious intolerance, interspecies love, and the search for truth. Rich with the colors, textures, flavors and music of Mediterranean Africa, the film embarks on a cross continent adventure from the tiled terraces, fountains, quays and cafes of colonial Algiers to Maghrebi tent camps, dusty trading outposts, and deep blue Saharan nights in search of a lost Ethiopian city.


Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

All Time Domestic Box Office (Rank 15,001-15,100) 15,092 $4,301
All Time International Box Office (Rank 6,201-6,300) 6,232 $1,433,922
All Time Worldwide Box Office (Rank 10,401-10,500) 10,445 $1,438,223
All Time Domestic Highest Grossing Limited Release Movies (Rank 7,101-7,200) 7,194 $4,301

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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: December 7th, 2012 (Limited) by GKIDS, released as The Rabbi's Cat
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 90 minutes
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Keywords: Jewish, Letting Go, Animal Lead, Talking Animals, Voiceover/Narration, Bigotry, Dream Sequence, Arabs
Source:Based on Comic/Graphic Novel
Production Method:Hand Animation
Creative Type:Historical Fiction
Production Companies: Autochenille Productions, TF1 Droits Audiovisuels, UGC, Banjo Studio, France 3 Cinema
Production Countries: Austria,

Leading Cast


Supporting Cast

Maurice Benichou    Sfar
Francois Damiens    Reporter
Mathieu Amalric    Prince
Jean-Pierre Kalfon    Malka
Monhamed Fellag    Sheik Mohammed Sfar
Marguerite Abouet    African Girl
Daniel Cohen    Rabbi's Master
Eric Elmosino    Professor Soliman


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Production and Technical Credits

Sandrina Jardel    Screenwriter
Joann Sfar    Based on the Comic Books by
Clement Oubrerie    Producer
Antoine Delesvaux    Producer
Joann Sfar    Producer

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Domestic Cumulative Box Office Records

Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2012/12/07 81 $4,301   1 $4,301   $4,301 1

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossWeek
2012/12/07 89 $4,301   1 $4,301   $4,301 1

International Cumulative Box Office Records

Worldwide Cumulative Box Office Records

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