A Dysfunctional Cat
Susan Gordanshekan is the German director and screenwriter of this totally winning film. On the surface, the film is about two gorgeous strangers, both Iranians, Mina and Kian, who agree to marry for practical, even understandable reasons. Their challenge is, of course, to make the marriage work, but their differences keep popping up like annoying obstacles, impeding the possibility of harmony, let alone the hope of love. The real-world context of their relationship speaks so much to 21st century themes of cultural displacement—to accommodation and integration. Not only are these young people new to each other but they are also Iranians speaking in a foreign language, adjusting awkwardly to their new German home while aiming so hard to please. And then there’s the cat, a mangy mop of a loser that starts to assume all the metaphorical weight of the marriage itself. Without spoiling the plot, let’s just say that this is a gloriously smart romance turned inside out, pure delight from start to surprising finish.
Director: Susan Gordanshekan
Producer: Ralf Zimmermann
Runtime: 93 mins
Presented by the MUN Cinema series. Tickets for the MUN Cinema screening are only available for purchase at the door an hour before the screening. Purchase from the MUN Cinema Table at the Scotiabank Theatre. Festival/Delegate passes not accepted.