Casuistry: The Art of Killing a Cat

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  • Summary: This documentary scratches its way beneath the surface of an infamous Toronto animal cruelty case, deftly exploring the opaque logic surrounding this macabre act. (Rough Age Projectiles)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. 75
    Make no mistake: Casuistry isn't easy to watch. Cat lovers might be especially turned off. But Asher had every right to make it, and you have every right to see it.
  2. Tells a fascinatingly lurid tale.
  3. 50
    Without any deeper consideration of the matter, the film is a grueling experience, and 90 minutes is simply far too long to spend in the company of Jesse Power.
  4. 50
    The documentary is fair-minded but vague, and disturbing only when it describes the cat-killing in gruesome detail...Someone should take another crack at this story. Call it "The Art Of Killing Of A Movie."
  5. 40
    In deliberate, clinical fashion, Zev Asher's documentary catches up with a notorious Canadian case of art versus animal cruelty.
  6. The offending videotape is never seen, but the entire film is built around its absence. Periodically, the film returns to a written police account of the video, which scrolls up the screen, documenting the animal's suffering blow by blow to the sound of ominous music.
  7. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Too underground in feel.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. HumaneHuman
    Aug 11, 2006
    I'd like to see a 91 minute movie of Jesse Powers and his two buddies being made into "Art" .

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