Last weekend, my family and I moseyed on down to our local St. Anthony Main–a tiny movie theatre ideal for big premieres (your Twilights and your Harry Potters and what have you) because most nights the joint is anything but jumpin. Imagine my family’s shock when the theatre was ALIVE… legitimate crowds of people queued up for the film festival. We saw Rent-a-Cat, a Japanese film about an eccentric young girl who rents out cats to people identifying as さびしい (translation: lonely… GOD I KNEW THAT 4 YEAR LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT WOULD SOMEDAY PAY OFF). The movie was poignant, hilarious, crisp; I found it even had a pleasantly surprising feminist undertone.. With cute-for-the-sake-of-cute kitty montages alongside characters performing gripping monologues about the tribulations of life, this is a film that simply and eloquently understands the healing power of a feline friend… and thats nothing to shake a fist (read: paw) at. I was at first going to say that you’ve missed the film festival and should check it out next year, but looking at their website there seem to be showings going through this week… Rent-a-Cat seems to be playing Tuesday, according to the schedule. I can’t figure out which theatre the movies are playing at (it doesn’t appear to be St. Anthony) but I encourage you to do some detective work and get to the bottom of it.