The Willis

“The Willis” is a TV series that blends suspense and erotism. It was based on a tale that surfaced thanks to German writer Heinrich Heine (1797-1856) in his book “Florentine Nights”. This tale also served as inspiration for the noted romantic ballet “Giselle”, which premiered in Paris in 1840. The original XIX story says that the Willis are young brides that, having found death still as virgins, go out of their graves and into the night in groups and perform sensual dances, luring men who then dance to death with them. In the adaptation, which brings the story to the city of Porto Alegre, in a contemporary context, the Willis seduce the victims – who are both men and women – to have sexual intercourse with them so intense and long that bring them to complete exhaustion and, in the end, death.

The Willis have mighty powers, especially in the art of seduction, but they also have limitations: they depend on the energy that they absorb from living beings not necessarily during sex. Some kind of moral code regulate their actions and, among the rules they must follow, the most important one is that they acquire clear consent from the person being seduced, so they do not act like vampires, but more like persons in a relationship of mutual pleasure. This makes it hard for the Willis to keep on surviving and confers a romantic trait to the story, even though in the midst of building suspense and the death of characters.

First season: 5 episodes of 60 minutes


Written and Directed by: Carlos Gerbase

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