Kill Me Please
Mate-me por favor
1h41m | Directed by Anita Rocha da Silveira | Brazil, Argentina | Drama, horror | Portuguese with English subtitles
Suggested rating R
- Venice Film Festival — Nominated, Horizons Award
- Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival — Winner, Best Actress (Première Brazil); Winner, Best Director (Première Brazil)
- South by Southwest Film Festival — Nominated, Gamechanger Award
- AFI Fest — Nominated, New Auteurs Award
- New Directors/New Films – Official Selection, US Premiere
Bia, Michele, Mariana and Renata are a clique of affluent high school girls who waste away their days wandering the fields between the vertigo-inducing high rises in Barra da Tijuca, an affluent new neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro. Both privileged and abandoned by their busy parents, the girls spend most of their time together. When a wave of murders begins to terrorize the neighborhood, the girls develop a morbid curiosity with the victims – and lines separating life, desire and death begins to break down. Blending coming-of-age with slowburning horror, partly inspired by the 1980s teen slasher genre, Kill Me Please is a disturbing and funny dive into teenage sexuality, spirituality, loneliness and fragility – as well as an ambitious feature debut by a young and promising Brazilian director, Anita Rocha da Silveira. (c) Cinema Slate
Kill Me Please is a dazzling teen nightmare, and the first great horror film of fall… it’s a scary movie that does its work slowly, playing an insidious little mind game by injecting whispers of violence into seemingly ordinary settings…it’s about the dangers of adolescence, a period in life so boring that it seems to encourage you to do things that are likely to kill you…[it’s] also about the cultural staying power of Kiss and Say Goodbye, a 1976 classic that a teenager might know without being able to articulate why, and a song that serves as the soundtrack for most of the film’s pivotal clique-on-clique confrontations.
Kaitlyn Tiffany | The Verge | Full Review
Like the teenage girls who monopolize its attention, Kill Me Please is moody, lovely, preening and libidinous.
Jeannette Catsoulis | New York Times | Full Review
Anita Rocha da Silveira’s arresting debut feature is a fever dream of adolescent sexuality with a retro giallo flavor.
Dennis Harvey | Variety | Full Review
[Director] Anita Rocha da Silveira blends lurid horror with high school sex comedy, tapping into the dread, lust and alienation of adolescence. The result is icky, funny and unexpectedly touching.
A.O. Scott | New York Times | Full Review
Kill Me Please has a deep, Lynchian weirdness to it, from the heightened showiness of the church services the characters sometimes attend, to the voracious quality of the making out they habitually engage in, like they’re trying to swallow their partner whole. But the death-obsession doesn’t seem exaggerated at all — just a standard kind of teenage curiosity allowed to blossom into something darker and grander, into a last scene that makes Rocha da Silveira feel like a gothier, sexier successor to Sofia Coppola. And how awesome is that?
Alison Wilmore | Buzzfeed | Full Review
Kill Me Please was inspired through memories and emotions experienced during my teenage years. The discovery of love and sex greatly resembled my first encounter with death; the fear and fascination of knowing my life didn’t really belong to me and the will to live in an extreme state between possibility and the impossible. Intensified, these sentiments became the basis of creating a distinct universe. Uncontrolled and without mentorship, the youth test their limits to the same extent in which they fear, fantasize and fall in love. The chosen arena is Barra da Tijuca, a newly developed and brutal space – much like my characters and a killer who haunts and slowly tarnishes their neighborhood.
— Anita Rocha da Silveira