Old Cats

Director: Pedro Peirano
Screenwriters: Pedro Peirano

Institute History

  • 2011 Sundance Film Festival


We are excited to welcome Sebastián Silva and Pedro Peirano back to the Sundance Film Festival (their film, The Maid, won the World Cinema Dramatic Competition in 2009) with Old Cats, a wickedly delicious chamber drama about a family marinating in its own problems.
Isadora and Enrique, an elderly couple, live a comfortable life with their two ample cats in a handsome high-rise apartment overlooking the park. Isadora is struggling with a bout of dementia when her daughter, Rosario, and her butch female lover, Hugo, drop in for a coked-up visit to pitch their latest get-rich scheme—and attempt to snatch the flat right out from under Isadora. Then Isadora does something quite unexpected for a woman with a busted hip, and everything changes.
Drawing pitch-perfect performances from a brilliant cast, Silva and Peirano have crafted a splendid film filled with the pathos and black humor found in treacherous mother-daughter relationships. Old Cats points a way to how empathy may lead to survivable neutral ground.

— Shari Frilot

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