Watch It

On DVD: Now | On Blu-ray: Now

The Rabbi's Cat Details


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 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.

  • Release date:December 7, 2012


François Morel
as The Cat
Maurice Bénichou
as The Rabbi
Hafsia Herzi
as The Rabbi's Daughter
Francois Damiens
as The Reporter
Mathieu Amalric
as The Prince
Jean-Pierre Kalfon
as Malka of the Lions
Sava Lolov
as The Russian Painter


Joann Sfar
Joann Sfar
Maryline Monthieux
Cyril Holtz
Sound/Sound Designer
Jean Goudier
Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel Sobrino
Sound/Sound Designer
Enrico Macias
Musical Performer
Joann Sfar
From Graphic Novel by
Christina Crassaris
Post Production Manager
Paul Lavergne
Music Producer