The Girl Who Killed Her Parents or A Menina que Matou os Pais is a crime-thriller movie directed by Mauricio Eça and starring Carla Diaz, Leonardo Bittencourt, and Augusto Madeira, alongside other cast members. The movie has a runtime of 80 minutes and is based on the real-life murders of Manfred Albert von Richthofen and Marisia von Richthofen by their daughter Suzane von Richthofen, her boyfriend Daniel Cravinhos and his brother Christian Cravinhos.
Amazon Prime Video describes the movie as:
A psychological thriller surrounding the real murders of Manfred and Marísia von Richthofen orchestrated by their own daughter, Suzane, along with her boyfriend and brother-in-law, the Cravinhos brothers.
– The Girl Who Killed Her Parents review does not contain spoilers –
Similar to the Jennifer Pan incident, The Girl Who Killed Her Parents, although based on a true story and takes a lot of things from actual testimonies, isn’t a documentary. It’s a movie “based on true events”. No, it really is. The movie starts off with the night of the incident, jumps to the day of the trial and then goes straight into flashback. Of course, it is important for those who know nothing about the case that shook Brazil to get an idea about the relationships that ended up destroying people’s lives.
The Cravinhos’ are very different people than the von Richthofen’s. The former are wealthy, the latter more middle class. It is apparent at the first meeting that even though Daniel’s family is accepting of Suzane, it’s not so the other way. Suzane’s family is very different from that of her boyfriend’s. Regardless, the two get along quite well.
The Girl Who Killed Her Parents goes back and forth between the flashbacks and trials and gives an entertaining look into the relationship you know is going to go down the rabbit hole in a while. The movie provides a different perspective on what one might think was the cause of the deaths. Of course, everything isn’t black and white, and there are many perspectives to a story.
The movie is based mostly on Daniel’s testimony. Biased or not, it brings to light the toxicity that was in Suzane’s family. Most people would run the moment they turn 18 though, and wouldn’t murder their entire family. Either way, The Girl Who Killed Her Parents unfolds nicely and you wait with bated breath to find that one incident that pushed everything over the edge. The reality is though, it’s a combination of a lot of things.
Unfortunately, I didn’t like the background music of The Girl Who Killed Her Parents. It is too loud and unnecessary and takes away from the experience. It almost feels forced and goofy. Additionally, I think the film would’ve benefitted more from focusing on the problems in Suzane herself and what she went through. The movie instead focuses on the relationship between the two and since it’s told by Daniel, a bit of his perspective.
Diaz’s acting makes it feel like Suzane is a drug addict who suffers from some amount of psychopathy. However, The Girl Who Killed Her Parents does not really focus on the main perpetrator but is more invested to showcase how she “used” Daniel and his brother. I think the incident would’ve benefited from a documentary-style show rather than a movie. It borders on a romantic thriller and at one point Daniel, all of a sudden, breaks the fourth wall to talk to the audience. I am confused about what the point of it was since they never did it before and never repeated it after.
Next, the trial scenes in the courthouse, although hardly shown, does not prove to be a very interesting or thrilling experience. Most of it is an afterthought, which just makes me wonder why they couldn’t just make this a linear flowing movie without the back and forth. The thrill dips after a while of waiting and there are long durations where nothing happens. You want to know so many things, have so many questions, but not a lot are answered. The bated breath becomes just that and you’re left to wonder, what now?!
Carla Diaz’s acting goes up and down throughout the runtime. Sometimes it’s just so over-the-top that you feel like this is a parody or something. At other times, it feels more believable. And I would’ve believed the acting had they shown the audience about Suzane’s mental state. But that’s not something that happens. Leonardo Bittencourt is fine, but not Oscar-worthy.
Summing up: The Girl Who Killed Her Parents
The Girl Who Killed Her Parents ends abruptly and without warning. It doesn’t focus on the people but rather is more interested to give us a recap of the relationship of the perpetrators. That would’ve been fine had it been that kind of a film. But considering the subject matter, a deeper look into the people individually would’ve been more interesting. I think checking out a documentary on the incident would yield better results.
The Girl Who Killed Her Parents is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.