Edit
Be My Cat: A Film for Anne (2015) Poster

Trivia

Jump to: Spoilers (4)
One of the reasons why Adrian Tofei began his film career with a horror movie (Be My Cat) was his theory that horror films put a mirror in front of the audiences, a mirror in which they see reflected their darkest and most violent subconscious impulses, and so they become aware of them and get to control them in real life, which might also be one of the reasons why most horror fans are nonviolent people.
30 of 30 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
All of the scenes in the movie are first takes. Adrian Tofei did multiple takes in the beginning, but then he realized that the first ones are always the most natural and authentic ones and decided to include only first takes in the final cut.
26 of 26 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Adrian Tofei, who came from a background in method acting and theatre (Ion Cojar's method), partially improvised the movie in his hometown on a limited budget as director, producer, writer, lead actor, cinematographer, editor and other jobs usually performed by a film crew, he never used a camera before in his life, had no crew present during shootings other than him and the actresses, partially lived in character, met the actresses for the first time in character with the camera on and kept only first takes in the final cut. A language switch was used during filming to ensure the safety of everyone involved: speaking English meant everyone is interacting in character, and speaking Romanian meant everyone returns to be being themselves (with a few exceptions when the characters had to speak Romanian). Filming was preceded by months of preparation via emails between Adrian Tofei and the three actresses.
20 of 20 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Director and star Adrian Tofei told actress Sonia Teodoriu to respect the indications that his character in the movie (the psycho filmmaker) was going to give to her character (the actress) during improvisations. Therefore, when he asked her to reject him, she unexpectedly called the police for real while shooting a scene, surprising Adrian both in and out of character. The language switch they were using while filming helped Adrian understand that Sonia called the police in character, not out of character on him personally, since she continued speaking English. The policemen who came understood the situation and just wrote a warning for calling the emergency number for no reason. The moments were caught on camera and some of them are in the movie.
43 of 48 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Adrian Tofei shot the movie with a Canon Legria HF G25 camcorder using the internal microphones. The laptop he holds in the scene with Florentina Hariton (Lenovo Essential B590) is the same one he later used to edit the movie. The editing program was Premiere Elements 12.
12 of 12 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Adrian Tofei chose Anne Hathaway as his character's obsession in the movie because she had to be a worldwide known celebrity so audiences everywhere would connect to the film, had to have something to do with cats since Adrian's role was inspired from a character he played in a one-man-show that had some issues with cats, and had to be an actress Tofei genuinely appreciates so he could transform his appreciation into obsession for his role. Adrian Tofei was blown away by Anne Hathaway's performance in Les Misérables (2012) and his character in the movie was blown away by her performance in The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
22 of 24 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Although this is a Romanian movie, the spoken language is English because the main character deliberately uses English and demands from the other characters to use English in order to achieve his goal towards Anne Hathaway, who doesn't speak Romanian.
16 of 17 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Adrian Tofei's filmmaking method usually consists of working for months on an alternative psychological reality for the actors including himself, partially living in character, so that when they start improvising, he mainly needs to record the unfolding events and to make sure the improvisation goes in the right direction. The script mostly consists of plot points. Adrian shoots tens of hours of footage guerrilla style (25 hours for Be My Cat), and then he watches the footage like a documentary filmmaker would and creates the details of the story in post-production during the editing process.
14 of 15 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The movie starts with the onscreen text "This film has been edited from the 25 hours of footage found at the 'Be My Cat' crime scene in Radauti, Romania, on May 20, 2014." Director Adrian Tofei actually shot 25 hours of footage for this movie and finished shooting on May 20, 2014.
13 of 14 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Director Adrian Tofei asked the actresses months in advance before shooting to see The Blair Witch Project (1999) and read his Found Footage Manifesto in order to understand the found footage concept.
20 of 23 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
There were no crew members during filming. Looking for authentic acting performances, director and star Adrian Tofei decided to shoot the movie alone with the actresses in order to create similar circumstances to those surrounding their characters in the movie. This also fit perfectly with the budgetary constraints.
8 of 8 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
This is Adrian Tofei's first film and Romania's first found footage horror movie. The main character played by Adrian Tofei (who's also named Adrian) is also shooting found footage scenes to send to Anne Hathaway to convince her to star in his first film.
16 of 18 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Adrian Tofei shot the movie in chronological order over a 20 days period, during which he lived in character for most of the time.
9 of 10 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Adrian Tofei worked over five years on the movie from the moment he came up with the title on December 6th, 2012, to the release by Terror Films on April 27th, 2018. He moved from Bucharest to his hometown Radauti, didn't socialize and stayed at home all the time the first two years in order to live in character on one hand, and save money and concentrate only on the project on the other hand, working for hours each day and night, learning and applying at the same time all the aspects of filmmaking. He suffered from anxiety for the first time in his life and hasn't fully recovered since.
9 of 10 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
One of the found footage films that impressed and influenced Adrian Tofei the most was Exhibit A (2007). He proposed to Exhibit A's star Brittany Ashworth an essential role in Be My Cat, but she refused.
5 of 5 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Adrian Tofei became inspired to make the movie after the success of his one-man-show "The Monster" in 2012, also about a guy obsessed with an actress. The film was initially supposed to be an adaptation of "The Monster", but as the project evolved, it became an original story and Adrian kept only some elements in his character's psychology.
8 of 9 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
In the movie's initial concept, the character played by Adrian Tofei was rescuing a captive girl trafficked by a dangerous pimp and taking her into the attic of his mom's house. The girl's initial joy of being saved from the pimp was soon to be replaced by the shocking realization that the guy who saved her is a psychopath who wants to turn her into his pet cat by implanting claws into her flesh and other atrocities he claims to do out of love, not realizing the pain he's causing. When the dangerous pimp finds Adrian's house and comes to take the girl back, she's faced with a huge dilemma: scream for help and risk being trafficked and raped, or stay with the romantic psycho who wants her to be his cat and live happily in his attic. The confrontation between Adrian and the pimp would change Adrian and transform him into a sort of antihero. But during pre-production, the actor who was going to play the pimp mysteriously stopped answering Adrian Tofei's messages and calls. Adrian took that as a sign that he's not on the right creative path and decided not to replace him, but instead to change the movie's concept to not need that actor anymore.
8 of 9 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
A year before shooting the movie, director, producer, writer and lead actor Adrian Tofei moved to his hometown Radauti with his mother and began to experience some of the circumstances that surround his character's life. The guy played by Adrian Tofei in the movie (who's also named Adrian) lives with his mother in a small Romanian town, raises money through an Indiegogo campaign, makes an online casting call and selects the actresses by their pictures and videos, rents a pension and waits for the actresses to come. For the psychological realism, Adrian Tofei also raised a part of the production budget through Indiegogo campaigns, selected the real actresses (who played the actresses in the movie) only by the pictures and videos they sent, rented a pension and met the actresses for the first time at the filming location.
10 of 12 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Actress Florentina Hariton gained 15 pounds (7 kg) for her role in the movie.
4 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The character played by Adrian Tofei in the movie was developed by Adrian over the course of 5 years. It started as a 15 min monologue in a theatre-dance show in college, then Adrian transformed it into a full length 50 min one-man-show called "The Monster", and then the character in "The Monster" ultimately ended up being adapted for the movie.
5 of 6 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Alexandra Stroe was the first actress to join the project.
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
All the movie's credited cast members are professional actors. Adrian Tofei studied Ion Cojar's acting method.
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The actresses Sonia Teodoriu, Florentina Hariton and Alexandra Stroe play three actresses in the movie named Sonya, Flory and Alexandra. Furthermore, the actresses that they play are playing another actress in the scenes that the main character is shooting. And actor/filmmaker Adrian Tofei plays in the movie a guy named Adrian who pretends to be actor and filmmaker.
2 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
This is the first installment in Adrian Tofei's planned indie trilogy which includes We Put the World to Sleep and Pure. All three movies are radically different from each other, yet together they form a cohesive universe. Be My Cat was anchored in irrational instincts and impulses, We Put the World to Sleep is anchored in the rational mind, and Pure will be anchored in mysteries beyond reason.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Although the main character in the movie is driven by sexual impulses, Adrian Tofei didn't want to make that obvious in any way, preferring them to be childlike, unaware of their own desires. He believes that when the villain is the lead in a movie, they can't be an absolute villain, because watching the movie would be unbearable in the absence of anything to empathize with. That's why Adrian Tofei tried to keep his character and his actions far away from sexualization, because otherwise everything would become grotesque. On the contrary, keep him as childlike as possible so audiences would still find something to empathize with despite his horrible actions. A paradoxical character.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The first cut was 109 minutes long, but after being rejected at SXSW and other festivals mainly for being too long, and also getting similar industry feedback, Adrian Tofei decided to bring it down to 87 minutes, which is his birth year (1987).
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Adrian Tofei never meant Be My Cat to be a shock film, he reluctantly included a torture scene knowing that genre fans would want that, but felt traumatized shooting it and later editing it, and still can't watch that scene. He meant the movie to be a character study about the paradoxical human nature, a meta study about filmmaking and acting and a lesson in cinematic realism. Also a launchpad for his acting and filmmaking career.
Is this interesting? Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

One of the executive producers, John Lepper, watched online some of the footage during filming. The chloroform scene looked so real that he contacted the actress Sonia Teodoriu to see if she's OK, if she wasn't genuinely chloroformed.
25 of 26 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
The blood looks a bit unrealistic because Adrian Tofei used strawberry syrup mixed with red paint for Easter eggs, since he couldn't find professional fake blood for a good price anywhere in Romania, and also to experience the "do it yourself" indie style. The light coming from the opposite direction through the blood-stained sheets also made the blood look lighter than it actually was. Adrian later regretted these decisions.
19 of 20 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
During filming, there were three kinds of relations between actor/director Adrian Tofei and actresses Sonia Teodoriu, Florentina Hariton and Alexandra Stroe:

1. The real relation between him as film director and them as actresses. This relation is not seen onscreen. 2. The fictional relation between the psycho film director played by Adrian in the movie (who's also named Adrian) and the fictional actresses played by the real actresses. This relation is seen through the camera of the psycho film director. 3. The second fictional relation between a guy played by the psycho film director and a fictional actress played by the fictional actresses mentioned above. This relation is seen through that guy's camera, which is also the psycho director's camera and Adrian Tofei's camera as well.

It was great when confusion emerged between the two fictional relations during improvisations, since this is one of the movie's themes, but in order to clearly differentiate the real relation from the first fictional ones, Adrian Tofei used a language switch during filming: speaking Romanian meant out of character for everybody and English meant going back in character (except for some scenes that required Romanian in character).
19 of 22 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink
Adrian Tofei's favorite part in Be My Cat is the ending. He told the actress Alexandra Stroe to convince his character during improvisations that his true mission is not making a film with Anne, but being with her personally, to make him realize that he's actually in love with Anne. Adrian Tofei aimed to unexpectedly end a dark, violent and twisted movie with a very pure feeling, hence the final word - "love" - deliberately in high contrast with the rest of the film.
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook   |  Twitter   |  Permalink

See also

Goofs | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

Contribute to This Page


Recently Viewed