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She’s Allergic to Cats

World Premiere
  • USA
  • 2016
  • 74 mins
  • DCP
  • English
World Premiere

Hosted by Writer/Director Michael Reich

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“Everyone is a lost dog.” Michael Pinkney (Michael Pinkney) is a dog groomer living in a rat-infested Hollywood dive with dreams of a bigger creative life (when we first meet him, he’s struggling to raise financing for an all-cat remake of CARRIE). At home, he makes what he refers to as “weird video art that nobody wants to watch”. One day on the job, he meets Cora (Sonja Kinski), the girl of his dreams. “When you’re cutting their nails, is it supposed to bleed that much?” she asks, as he stares at her lovingly. Easily distracted, creatively in knots and now in some sort of love, Michael’s about to embark on a whole new dangerous trip.

In an era where we’re regularly seeing films calculated to be “weird” by design, here’s an intoxicatingly insane breath-of-fresh-air coming from a place so genuine and strange it cannot be faked. Is it a comedy? A horror film? A romance? A fever dream? Yes! An experimental observational comedy, popping with brilliant, stream-of-consciousness, surrealist detours and a brand of melancholic absurdity that’s distinctly its own, SHE’S ALLERGIC TO CATS is an inspired feature debut from former dog groomer and documenter of L.A.’s underground punk scene Michael Reich, funded entirely by working as a body double for one of the Daft Punk robots. Easily one of the coolest indie discoveries of 2016, this is the kind of singular outsider brilliance we pray to encounter. A film that doesn’t look or feel like anything else, hyper-imaginatively put together, personal, bizarre beyond words, often imbued with the aesthetics of lo-fi analog video art and packing a sense of humour so sincere and individualistic you will instantly be won over — this is the real deal in every sense.

— Mitch Davis