Directors’ Showcase / UK premiere

Rent-a-Cat (Rentaneko)

  • Naoko Ogigami /
  • Japan /
  • 2012 /
  • 110 mins

Mikako Ichikawa, Reiko Kusamura, Ken Mitsuishi, Maho Yamada, Kei Tanaka, Katsuya Kobayashi / Fiction / Japanese

This engaging comedy probes the loneliness beneath the decorous surface of contemporary Japan. Every day Sayoko pushes a cart along a river, renting out cats to lonely people in order to fill the empty spaces in their hearts. Somehow Sayoko herself, though she has no trouble attracting felines, has a hard time finding human love. “A film made for cat lovers that will no doubt win over the hearts of anyone who's ever felt a yearning for unconditional companionship” (Patrick Gamble, Cine-Vue).

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