Review of “Therapy For A Vampire (Der Vampir auf der Couch)” at the Sarasota Film Festival

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By: Marijke
The Therapy For a Vampire is an escape type of movie that mingles life in 1911 with that of life in the mystical times of Transalvynia.  Even though the film had German subtitles—which were 95% accurate (the reviewer was a former German translator), the subtitles did not detract from the flow of the movie.  Only once, near the end when there was a very fast part in the dialogue with a play on words, could it have been difficult to follow for the non German speaking people.  Otherwise the subtitles followed the conversation at the same speed as the real spoken word.
The start was a little unclear as to how the Vampire character belonged or why he was in the 1911 era with his wife, a doctor and two human who were lovers.  But it soon becomes apparent with all the suspense of a novel that you just can’t put down.  At each twist and turn —-and the film cuts in and out of scenes expertly—the audience was rivated to their seats.  What would happen next ?  How would the characters get out of this predicament ?  The fantasy of the movie almost became real and the turn of events would change the direction of the plot once again.  You could hear a pin drop in the audience for the duration of the movie, broken only a few times when there was a funny part where the audience laughed.
The only negative that the writer can say about the movie is that when the end came —it lingered on with a second ending that lasted another minute—the second ending not really adding any value to the whole movie.
All in all this movie was a 5 out of 5.

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Therapy For A Vampire (Der Vampir auf der Couch)
Feature | 87 Min
In this supernatural screwball comedy, a mild-mannered vampire visits the office of Sigmund Freud to complain about his eternal angst and loveless marriage to a viciously vain and bitter Countess who is frustrated at not being able to see her own reflection. Mirroring their psychological problems, are the mortal couple Viktor and Lucy who are having their own lovers’ quarrel and identity crisis. With exquisite production design, pitch-perfect acting, and bitingly sharp humor, Austrian director David Rühm has whipped up a cinematic treat for the senses with a taste of Tim Burton and the flavor of Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
Genre: Narrative
English Title: Therapy For A Vampire
Original Title: Der Vampir auf der Couch
Category: Narrative Feature
Release Year: 2014
Runtime: 87 minutes
Type of Film: Narrative Feature
Premiere Status: US Premiere
Production Country: Austria
Original Language: German
Subtitles: English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast: Tobias Moretti
Jeanette Hain
Cornelia Ivancan
Dominic Oley
David Bennent
Karl Fischer
Erni Mangold
Lars Rudolph
Anatole Taubman
Director: David Ruehm
Produced By: Franz Novotny
Alexander Glehr
(Novotny & Novotny Filmproduktion)
Christof Neracher
Christian Davi
Thomas Thümena (Hugo Film Productions)
Screenwriter: David Ruehm
Cinematography: Martin Gschlacht
Editing By: Claudio Cea
Production Design by: Andreas Sobotka
Music By: Adrian Vonwiller
Stefan Jungmair
Bernd Jungmair

Side Note:
Before the writer begins the review, let everyone be forewarned to bring a winter parka so that the icy cold corridors of the theater complex can be navigated. The theaters themselves are a little more bearable, although it was evidenced that many women who were shivering had to cover up with shawls, sweaters or jackets. It never seems to amaze the writer, why the corporate world complains about high expenses, yet they refuse to do the intelligent thing and turn down the cost of the electrical bill by lowering the air conditioning to a livable level. None of us came to Florida to freeze!

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