This trilogy (consisting of the films The Cat is On the Chair, The Mouse is Under the Table and The Monkey is On the Branch) is the result of a workshop at the French artists’ studio Chantiers Nomades. Puiu was inspired by Three Conversations, the masterpiece by 19th-century Russian philosopher Vladimir Solovyov. The treatise, subtitled 'About War, Morality and Religion', is embedded in refined character studies. In his subdued cinematography, Puiu always puts the acting first.
In The Cat... Anne-Marie and her daughter Ludivine receive their old friends Diana and Bernabé for lunch. In The Mouse the academic Ugo takes his childhood friend Jean-Benoit, a soldier, out to lunch with Patrick and his wife Marion. In The Monkey... we see the girlfriends Hillary, Perrine, Anne and Nathalie talk as they have lunch. All discuss life, friendship, war and faith. In the evening, all the groups meet in a light-footed scene in which they hold a séance.

Filmmaker
Cristi Puiu
Premiere
International premiere
Country
Romania, France
Year
2012
Medium
DCP
Length
157’
Language
French
Producer
Cristi Puiu
Production Company
Chantiers Nomades
Sales
Chantiers Nomades
Cinematography
Luchian Ciobanu
Editor
Dragos Apetri, Thomas Johannsen
Sound Design
Jean-Paul Bernard
Cast
Ugo Broussot, Diana Sakalauskaïté