A Street Cat Named Bob
I understand that not everyone reading this will be a cat lover, but don’t let that put you off. The story is really about James, a recovering drug addict and busker living on the streets of London – until his support worker, Val finds him a place to stay. It doesn’t take long before James finds an uninvited guest in his new home, Bob – a confident, ginger Tabby cat – who climbs through his kitchen window during the night and then never leaves.
James makes several attempts to find Bob’s original owner and return him but luckily is unsuccessful. While doing this he befriends Betty, a neighbour and animal rights activist who volunteers at a local vet; which comes in handy. From here on we watch their relationship grow and it becomes clear that the pair belong together.
Throughout the film, James struggles with his drug addiction – his road to recovery is the main plot of the story. He jeopardises his relationship with Betty by not telling her he has been involved with drugs. His dad’s new family don’t want him in their life due to his addiction, and he nearly loses his home by failing to keep up with the recovery program. Things seriously begin to change when Baz, an old friend James met while living on the streets tragically dies due to an overdose. This helps James realise he desperately wants to get clean and live a good life.
The film captures drugs in a very realistic way which I like because it helps us understand the story better than if they were to sugarcoat the issue. It shows us the harsh reality of homelessness and drug addiction and teaches us that people in James’ situation need help. Not everyone is lucky enough to be saved by a character like Bob, so it is important for films to raise awareness of these topics.
Although A Street Cat Named Bob was not a hugely popular film internationally, I still found it important to feature it on my blog as it brings awareness to many issues which are often overlooked in today’s society. I recommend this film to everyone reading – and especially to cat lovers because Bob (played by the real Bob) is so cute.
The official trailer for A Street Cat Named Bob can be watched here.
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