Section: Spectrum

Cat in the Wall

Cat in the Wall

Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova
Bulgaria, Great Britain, France, 2019, 92 Min

A cat hiding in the apartment of Bulgarian immigrant Irina triggers a neighbourhood dispute. This naturalistic tragicomedy about the multicultural microcosm of a housing estate with its disputes and acts of solidarity gives fitting insight into an unstable Great Britain during the era of Brexit.

Irina lives with her young son and her brother in a former housing estate in Peckham, London. So far she has not been able to pursue her profession as an architect in her adopted country, instead she works in a bar. Her brother, a historian, looks after the child and installs satellite TV systems. A compulsory renovation threatens to prove costly for the residents of the block, with the relationship between residents anyway tense: xenophobic slogans and class prejudice shape everyday life, the feared gentrification stirs up further fears. The cat that recently walked into their lives represents a welcome distraction to Irina's family. That is until the supposedly rightful owners knock on the door.

CAT IN THE WALL initially comes across as a true British social drama. Yet directors Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova are able to find humour in even the most documentary-like of moments. Which isn't to belittle the anger and frustration of all those who feel left behind in England today. The result is a thoughtful, often absurdly comical film, which at times speaks uncomfortable truths. KS

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