is be my cat real

An individual by the name of Adrian Tofei wrote, directed, and starred in the independent found footage film Be My Cat. In order to send the film to Anne Hathaway and cast her in a ground-breaking new film, it centers on a mentally ill Romanian man who is obsessed with the actress. The story follows him as he irrationally tries to make a “pilot film” of sorts with a number of local actresses.

I would rate this film a 6 out of 10, primarily because it was an independent production without the assistance or knowledge of more experienced directors.

I will make this brief because nobody enjoys reading through a wall of text.

-This is a true indie horror flick. With a minimal crew and a budget of about $10,000, the film was shot, with Tofei handling the majority of the post-production alone.

It is surprisingly well-acted for a film with such a small budget. It truly does have the vibe of some kind of bizarre pornographic video that you could find on liveleak.

Şofei started building the fictional world in the real world months in advance, creating the framework for what he refers to as a “self-sustained fictional reality.” In order to more completely represent his agoraphobic, reclusive persona, he returned to his childhood home in rural Romania with his real mother, who makes an appearance in the movie. He stayed home almost all the time for nearly a year, living in character. In order to buy the camera and laptop for editing, he started crowdfunding campaigns and placed online ads for actresses.

This low-budget, hyperrealistic horror film is anything but pretentious, despite the fact that meta-cinema frequently comes across as twee or pretentious. Because of Şofei’s skill at blending fantasy and reality, viewers are treated to a severe emotional whiplash that soon turns into self-loathing: what the fuck am I watching? Are these women okay? It’s too real. These amazing actresses make you feel real concern with each viewing; one even makes a police call while in character, which only makes things more chaotic.

Many found footage filmmakers approach their craft with just as much, if not more, intentionality than traditional narrative filmmakers, and they should receive far more recognition than they do. The subgenre should be praised for its innovative potential, many of which we haven’t yet investigated. Even though I don’t mind CGI monsters or jump scares, found footage horror is special because of its capacity to mimic emotional authenticity. Found footage can be a fantastic medium for high-concept genre filmmaking on a shoestring when used creatively and purposefully. You could never purchase the verisimilitude that a found footage film relies on.

There’s nothing like low budget indie found footage. Since real life isn’t as glamorous as in movies, found footage serves as a fantastic equalizer. It’s available to a broad range of filmmakers who lack resources, expertise, or connections in the business; these are voices we might not have otherwise heard. However, I detest the notion that found footage is used as a bridge or interim fix for a planned narrative movie, as though it were a reluctant necessity. “If someone had the means to do something else, why would they make a found footage film?”

To get the actresses ready for their special experience, Şofei corresponded with them via email for several months. He gave them a list of possible objectives or driving forces (beyond starring in their first movie) for their characters to follow, but he asked them to keep these a secret until they were revealed through improvisation on camera. The objective was to investigate strong feelings while staying within the parameters of the universe the actors co-created.