Der Vampir auf der Couch [Therapy for a Vampire] (2014)

Der Vampir auf der Couch
Director: David Rühm
Writer: David Rühm
Cast: Tobias Moretti, Jeanette Hain, Cornelia Ivancan, Dominic Oley, Karl Fischer, Erni Mangold
Seen on: 04.01.2015 [cornholio suggested I add that info to my posts, let me know what you think.]

Viktor (Dominic Oley) likes to paint his girlfriend Lucy (Cornelia Ivancan), only that he never manages to paint her as she looks, instead he paints a vamped up version of her, which she is not too happy about. Viktor also illustrates the dream journals of Dr Freud (Karl Fischer) and as a thanks for that income, he leaves a painting of Lucy with Freud. Freud’s newest patient, Count Geza of Közsnöm (Tobias Moretti) has issues with his wife Elsa (Jeanette Hain) – they have been married for an eternity, quite literally since they’re both vampires -, and Geza just isn’t in love anymore. He is generally very tired of his life. When he sees the painting of Lucy, though, he recognizes his long lost love and finds new energy.

Therapy for a Vampire was an entertaining film and once that manages to be a vampire film full of allusions to Bram Stoker but still be very Austrian. It might not be the best film ever made, but I did enjoy it.


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The Whistleblower (2010)

The Whistleblower
Director: Larysa Kondracki
Writer: Larysa Kondracki, Eilis Kirwan
Cast: Rachel Weisz, Vanessa Redgrave, Monica Bellucci, David Strathairn, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Roxana Condurache, Paula Schramm, Alexandru Potocean, Jeanette Hain, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Hewlett, Luke Treadaway, Liam Cunningham

[Trigger Warning]

Kathryn (Rachel Weisz) is a cop who lives for her job. That even cost her her marriage and the custody of her daughter. Now her ex-husband is moving away and Kathryn can’t get a transfer to move after her daughter. So she takes up an offer to go to Bosnia and work for the UN there (through a private contractor). What at first was only supposed to be a way to get a lot of cash fast, turns into much more when Kathryn realizes that there is a lot of sex trafficking going on – and that the people she works with are deeply involved.

The Whistleblower is a hard film. It’s the kind of film that makes you want to not live in this world. It’s excellently made and depressing as hell, especially since it is based on a true story and only has a semi-positive ending. But I do think it is important that you watch it. Just bring chocolate and friends and rainbows.

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The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich (2012)

The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich
Director: Antonin Svoboda
Writer: Antonin Svoboda
Cast: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Julia Jentsch, Jeanette Hain, Jamie Sives, Birgit Minichmayr, Kenny Doughty, Gary Lewis, David Rasche
Part of: Viennale

Wilhelm Reich (Klaus Maria Brandauer) used to be a psychoanalyst who started studying orgones after leaving Germany for the USA. Orgones were supposed to be this cosmic life force. But the FDA gets wind of the whole thing and puts Reich on trial, convicting him of fraud and forbidding him to continue working and distributing his theories.

I am a huge fan of Antonin Svoboda’s first film – Spiele Leben – so I did expect a lot from this one, too. Maybe it was because of my high expectations, maybe not, but unfortunately I was bitterly disappointed and very much bored by the whole thing.

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