Be My Cat: A Film for Anne (2015) Movie Review - Found Footage Suggested by Reddit

Horror, Found Footage | 87 Min
Cover from found footage horror movie Be My Cat: A Film for Anne (2015)
  • Director: Adrian Țofei
  • Actors: Adrian Țofei, Sonia Teodoriu, Florentina Hariton, Alexandra Stroe
  • Writers: Adrian Țofei
  • Producers: Adrian Țofei
  • Country: Romania
  • Language: English, Romanian
  • Parental: Violence, Language
  • Horror, Found Footage | 87 Min

An aspiring filmmaker goes to shocking extremes to convince Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway to star in his film. First entry in Adrian Tofei's trilogy which includes We Put the World to Sleep and Pure.

Welcome to Knockout Horror and to another entry into our Found Footage Suggested by Reddit feature. Today’s movie is critically acclaimed Be My Cat: A Movie for Anne from 2015. The plot here is pretty simple. A Romanian man who has an unhealthy obsession with the actor Anne Hathaway decides to make a movie to convince her to fall in love with him. The only catch? Adrian’s performance “style” goes a little beyond simple method acting. 

This month we have been checking out found footage horror movies suggested by Reddit’s fairly active found footage community. I’ve watched tons of found footage over the years. It’s always been a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine so why not see if the community has something new to offer? So far we are 50/50 with two decent movies and two not so decent movies. Will Be My Cat tip the scales? Let’s take a look.

A Funny Coincidence

Full disclosure, I have been wanting to check this movie out for ages. The concept sounded super interesting and bizarre enough to warrant further investigation. It just so happens that we never got around to it. It comes up fairly frequently in Reddit’s horror community so I jumped on the chance to watch as part of our Found Footage Suggested by Reddit feature. 

Well what do you know? Literally a day after we watched it, writer, director, star of the show himself Adrian Tofei dropped in on the Found Footage subreddit with a post of his own. Detailing the 33 movies that inspired him when making Be My Cat. What a weird quirk of timing. Pretty neat, though, as it confirmed a few things my fiancée and I suspected while watching. Such as Mr Bean being an influence in the character’s development. Something my fiancée remarked on half way through the movie.

Screenshot from found footage horror movie Be My Cat: A Film for Anne (2015)

His post also seems to have encouraged some people to check out one of my favourite found footage movies of all time – Exhibit A. A movie that he deems to be the greatest found footage he has seen and, apparently, inspired him to invite Brittany Ashworth to have a part in Be My Cat. An offer which she, unfortunately, refused. Exhibit A is a brutally realistic and uncompromising movie. A trait which Be My Cat shares. 

Uncompromisingly Realistic

Be My Cat is a movie that is quite shocking in its realistic portrayal of psychopathy, violence and delusion. There is very little here that doesn’t come across as unrelentingly convincing. Adrian is a lonely man who lacks friends and suffers from an altered pattern of thinking.

Screenshot from found footage horror movie Be My Cat: A Film for Anne (2015)

He is desperate to meet Anne Hathaway but he is also trapped within the confines of his small, Romanian, home town. Bullied relentlessly as a child, he has a deep seated hatred of all things male and is terrified of the world at large. He can’t travel and can’t leave the small area he feels safest. Which forces him to come up with an alternate plan.

That plan just so happens to consist of making a movie for Anne to show her his acting skills in the hope she will come to be with him as his co-star. This movie, however, involves Adrian depicting a number of murders of unsuspecting women. Adrian is a character who is warped in his belief system but also innocent in a way that, perhaps, muddies his view of consequence. Creating a character who is deeply unsettling in both his actions and his ruthless lack of compassion.

An Interesting Process

Tofei employed a very specific technique to portray the events of the movie and to capture that disturbing realism. Namely, recording 25 hours of footage, only using first takes and improvising the majority of the dialogue. When that was complete, he went through the footage bit by bit and edited together the significant moments into one feature length presentation.

It’s a wickedly interesting style of filmmaking and takes even method acting to a whole new level. The result is a film that is wildly chaotic and frighteningly authentic. I felt a stark sense of familiarity; likely due to the similarities shared with the video diaries of the Bjork Stalker Ricardo López.

Screenshot from found footage horror movie Be My Cat: A Film for Anne (2015)

If you didn’t know any better, you could be convinced into thinking these were the videos of an actual killer. Adrian’s disordered thinking and poorly thought out logic is so reminiscent of real life murderers. And Tofei’s performance so strong that, at times, you forget that you are watching a movie. Especially if you are a fan of true crime. It’s chilling stuff in much the same way as Exhibit A.

A Few Complaints

It would be remiss of me to not mention some of the parts of the movie that I didn’t enjoy. I felt like Be My Cat would have worked better with a much shorter length. For me, the movie starts to repeat itself with little progression fairly early on. The middle section is basically a redux of the first with the same applied logic to the character’s actions and the same intended result. It feels unnecessary and pretty redundant.

Adrian is a complex character and Tofei’s performance is fascinating. However, his continuous monologues do begin to echo a bit after awhile. Resulting in a constant word soup that becomes very repetitive. It can feel a little jarring and inspires no small amount of Deja vu. Still, this is a trait of people with delusions and severe personality disorders so it is understandable to an extent. I should also point out that some of the events that take place, despite the realism, are not particularly believable. Unless one were to assume that Romanian police are staggeringly incompetent, of course. 

Screenshot from found footage horror movie Be My Cat: A Film for Anne (2015)

In the grand scheme of things, these are fairly minor complaints but I did find myself losing focus pretty early on into the movie and spent much of it checking the remaining runtime. Despite these complaints, it is impossible to understate just how fantastic Tofei’s performance is. He is believable throughout and it is one of those character portrayals that completely justifies the price of entry.

Should You Watch Be My Cat: A Film For Anne?

You should definitely watch Be My Cat: A Film For Anne. Fans of found footage will find plenty to appreciate and horror fans, in general, should watch purely for Adrian Tofei’s chilling performance. Adrian is an inspired horror villain with tons of complexity and depth. The realism on show here is something you rarely see in horror.

Be My Cat is, by its very nature, not going to be for everyone. It is quite disturbing at times, especially if you are sensitive to depictions of violence against women. It is also lacking in structure and meaningful narrative that will leave plenty of people wanting. But as far as disturbing movies go, it is right up there and a great example of how effective found footage horror can be. As a bonus, you can check it out for free on Terror Films’ YouTube channel

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