There’s enough story here to cover five movies, but The Rabbi’s
Cat stuffs everything into 89 minutes. First, the cat meows. Then he
speaks. Then he utters God’s name and is relegated to his previous “meow”
(which has a distinct human quality to it).
The most affecting, touching and uplifting documentary of 2012 is Searching for Sugar Man. The other side of that documentary coin belongs to Beware of Mr. Baker, a movie about one of the biggest assholes—and greatest talents—ever to play music, drummer Ginger Baker.
It’s a documentary, sure. But it’s not really a documentary, if only because this magical night didn’t take place in one night, and these kids’ parents seem like the kind who would look for their boys if they didn’t turn up at curfew.