'Are We Not Cats'
(Michael Patrick Nicholson, Chelsea Lopez, Michael Godere, Dean Holtermann, Charles Gould, et al / DVD / NR / 2018 / Cleopatra Entertainment)
Overview: 'Are We Not Cats' is the strange, but tender story of a man who, after losing his job, his girlfriend, and his apartment in a single day, attempts to restart his life, but is sidetracked when he meets a woman who shares his unorthodox habit - a proclivity for eating hair.
DVD Verdict: Wow! Yep, that's the first though that came to my mind once we got to the hair eating part, but knowing that this is a real life medical condition, well, that just made me even more invested.
Oh, in case you weren't aware, eating hair is VERY dangerous and bad for your body. The human body can’t process hair as it does food. Eating hair can lead to a very dangerous condition that has been dubbed Rapunzel Syndrome (after the Grimm's fairy tale character and her legendary locks). Lastly, giving you the full monty here, Rapunzel Syndrome is also called Trichophagia, for those now fully invested in this tale.
A little bit experimental at its core, and as far away from the given genre synopsis as possible (for this is totally not a horror film, sorry!), 'Are We Not Cats' may seem a little weird to digest (sorry, had to) for a lot of viewers giving it a shot, but for those of you who push through, it will be rewarding, trust me.
An entertaining premise combined with a taut script and some wonderful, artsy at times cinematography, the film is, basically put, one of where a boy meets a girl, but with an interesting; and early on, twist - due to their shared love of, well, you know.
Weird and slow, sure, but I can honestly say that at now point did I get up and put the kettle on, or make a cup of coffee, or even open the door to the mail man. I was never bored, always intrigued, definitely entertained, and would recommend this film to everyone in search of something a little different for their evening viewing. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of Audio Commentary from Director Xander Robin, Deleted Scenes, Slide Show, and More!