There is more than meets the eye in "Kedi," a soulful documentary that follows the wanderings of stray cats in Istanbul, Turkey — and ends up saying something profound about the symbiosis between humans and animals.
Istanbul is home to more than 14 million people who live and work alongside hundreds of thousands of stray cats. The cats aren't feral, nor are they domesticated. They do have unique personalities and motivations — which sometimes, but not always, benefit the people around them.
Sari, a skinny yellow-and-white tabby, hunts down scraps to carry back to her kittens. The gray-and-white Duman gets his food by politely begging, pawing at the window of an upscale deli until the waiters bring out smoked turkey. Aslan Parçasi, a black-and-white longhair, takes his fish near the docks, working for his food by catching rats near a wharfside restaurant. Psikopat, a crazy black-and-white, growls at her "husband" — but growls even louder at any other female cat who gets near him.