entire film on 16 mm, handheld, in a twenty one day period on a limited
budget. He says "writing
Kill Your Darlings healed me, allowing me to tell the worst and
best parts of my own true road trip story. I wanted to tell a typical
American story with a European view.” Influenced by Swedish director,
Ingmar Bergmann, Larson felt that he had to take the issue of depression
and suicide and couch it in humorous ways.
Ann Lewison, Tribeca Film Festival:
suicide; like rum and Coke," says Lola (Lolita Davidovich), a
free-spirited mystery woman with suicidal tendencies, as she whisks Erik
(Andreas Wilson) away from his day job as a food photographer for a road
trip to Las Vegas. Like everyone in Los Angeles, Erik is writing a
screenplay. His is about Sweden's singular obsession with suicide. But a
weekend with Lola will bring him closer to the real thing than he ever
imagined. Close behind Lola and Erik are two others who keep failing to
kill themselves: housewife Katherine (Julie Benz) and transvestite Geert (Alexander Skarsgård). They are being
driven to Las Vegas by a hapless mobster (Fares Fares) to see their
doctor, celebrity psychiatrist Dr. Bangley (John Larroquette). Dr.
Bangley is in Las Vegas to promote his new book Stay Alive, but he is
also trying to cope with his rebellious 14-year-old daughter, a
well-heeled patient (1950's starlet Terry Moore), and his agent Stevens
(Greg Germann), who has already licensed the doctor's image for a slot
machine. Stevens is also developing a reality show in which three of Dr.
Bangley's suicidal patients will live together for either one week or
until they kill themselves, whichever comes first. Will Lola, Katherine,
and Garrett become unwitting participants in a reality show? Will Dr.
Bangley put his own house in order? And will Erik get back to Los
Angeles in time to make the mashed potatoes for Monday's ice cream
shoot? Based on an actual event in director Björne Larson's life, this
dark comedy, the title of which riffs on an arcane Hemingway dictum,
brings an outsider's perspective to the all-American road trip.