French comic book artist Joann Sfar directs this animated adaptation of his graphic novel. In it, a devout rabbi's pet cat living in 1930s Algiers gains the power of human speech. What follows is a series of random encounters, sketches and philosophical arguments involving various Middle Eastern archetypes. The animation is lovely and detailed, but the story is scattershot and the moral is elusive—boiling down to a string of Socratic dialogues between the deeply religious rabbi and his agnostic pet. 100 minutes Unrated.