Kill me Please (“Mate-me por favor”), by Anita Rocha da Silveira
With her first feature film, Kill me Please, Anita Rocha da Silveira reinvents the teen movie. Released in 2017, the film immerses us in the universe of lonely teenagers in an affluent suburb of Rio de Janeiro.
A versatile director
Born in 1985, Anita Rocha da Silveira is one of the rising stars of Brazilian cinema. She is a writer, director, and editor, having undertaken specialised studies in film crafts at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica in Rio de Janeiro, before creating her first short film, The Noon Vampire (“O Vampiro do meio-dia”), in 2008.
This film was followed by two other short films on the same themes of adolescence, Handball (“Handebol”) (2010) and The Living Dead (“Os mortos-vivos”) (2012), which was selected as part of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight.
Kill me Please is the director’s first feature film.
A breathless teen movie
A series of teenage murders occurs in Barra da Tijuca, an upper-class neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro in the process of being built. These tragedies create a feeling of fear, mixed with curiosity, among the pupils of a nearby secondary school.
Plugged into social media, everyone is trying to figure out the case. For Bia, the 15-year-old heroine, the shiver of curiosity gradually turns into fascination, and eventually a confrontation with death.
With Kill me Please, a teen movie with fluorescent punk aesthetic, Anita Rocha da Silveira explores teenagers’ relationships with death, love and the body in a world without adults.
Rupture and continuity
In 2011, the director, Vania Catani, suggested that Anita Rocha da Silveira make her first feature film. The idea appealed to the director, who saw it as an opportunity to explore the topics addressed in her short films.
Beyond adolescence, Kill me Please returns to the awakening of young bodies and their already palpable eroticism of The Noon Vampire, but also to the rivalries between girls who tore up the pitch in Handball, and finally to death, the cornerstone of the film The Living Dead.
Kill me Please addresses the theme of religion for the first time, with a staunchly pop-culture worship scene (complete with a heavily made-up priestess and fluorescent pink neon cross).
Kill me Please blends a healthy dose of thriller with a touch of giallo, that Italian genre which blends horror and eroticism. Between the scenes of seduction and bloodshed, nothing spares the audience from the events at Bia College, both sensual and macabre.
Praised for this stylistic freedom, Kill me Please was selected in 2015 as part of the Horizons section of the Venice International Film Festival, which rewards cinematographic works which are innovative in their aesthetics and expression.
Kill Me Please was supported by the Institut français’ Fabrique Cinéma in 2012.
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