Look, marriage isn’t easy. No bones about it, some days are better than others. This humble reviewer has been married for 12 years, so I have a bit of insight. I’d be a liar to say I haven’t made mistakes…it’s a two way street with potholes and traffic that you have to navigate. Luckily, neither my wife or I, as far as I know, are vampires. Because, apparently, marriage and vampirism might not be completely compatible or in the very least needs a few sessions on Freud’s couch literally.
In writer-director David Rühm’s THERAPY FOR A VAMPIRE, we find Count Geza von Közsnöm (Tobias Moretti) on the famed shrinks sofa contemplating his life in 1930’s Vienna. The dashing, immortal bloodsuckers’ crux is that he and his long (long, long) time wife Elsa (Jeanette Hain) have grown distant to the point of distrain and his black heart still pines for Nadila, a former muse who’s been dead for centuries. Freud (Karl Fischer) is rather slow on the uptake and takes the Count’s tale as more a metaphor than reality, thus setting into motion a rube goldberg of events. (it’s his mom’s fault)
Feud’s portrait artist Viktor (Dominic Oley) bumps into the Count during a session, after pleasantries, Viktor displays a fresh painting of his girlfriend Lucy (Cornelia Ivancan) who is a dead ringer for the Count’s deceased love Nadila. All this while, Elsa is keeping tabs on her husband. Her distrain with the Count lies in the fact that she’s hasn’t been able to see her reflection for over 500 years, so she hires Victor to paint her. As the Count woes the young, free-spirited Lucy, Elsa toys with Viktor initiating assured mutual destruction. Leaving Freud to untangle the mess. Hey, it’s tough being undead!
THERAPY FOR A VAMPIRE is a subtle spoof, more Mel Brooks than What We Do In The Shadows, that gushes with pools of 1920’s German Expressionism and a sliver of Bela Lugosi. Even when the story coagulates and the jokes dry up in the second half; the performances are certifiable enough to keep the garlic at bay. While it might not satisfy your blood lust, THERAPY FOR A VAMPIRE will take bite into your funny bone.
Out on VOD & in select cities.
German with subtitles.