Zizo is a poet who lives in the slums of Recife, the capital of Brazil's northeastern state of Pernambuco. The inhabitants of this strange world existing only at the fringes society are both steeped in poverty and life in all its color— alcohol, drugs, sex, love, passion, madness and poetry.
The third film from Brazilian enfant terrible Cláudio Assis delves deep into the psychology of the poet, an artist consumed by beauty and inspiration in all things, however obscene. Chaos becomes a means to examine the bourgeois hypocrisy of Brazil's well-to-do, the majority of whom prefer that a man such as Zizo did not exist. A treatise to the beauty of filth and subversion, Rat Fever premiered at Rotterdam and Havana and São Paulo, where it won Best Film.