Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Film #12: We Are The Night (15)


Released: 2010
Directed by: Dennis Gansel
Original title: Wir sind die Nacht (We are the night)

It’s fair to say that the vampire-based entertainment market has become pretty saturated, from the mild – some might say insipid – Twilight, to the more “adult” affair of programmes like True Blood. We Are The Night definitely takes the latter approach, not only offering the viewer sexy female vampires, but sexy female vampires with lesbian tendencies!

Wayward pickpocket Lena (Karoline Herfurth) happens upon a nightclub run by the attractive trio of Charlotte, Nora and leader Louise (Nina Hoss), who is on the eternal hunt for her soul mate. Captivated by something in Lena’s eyes, Louise soon inducts her into their bloodsucking lifestyle with the promise of being able to eat whatever she likes, smoke, drink and snort as much as she wants and sleep with whomever she pleases without the tiresome consequences of pregnancy, weight gain or aging. Soon, however, Lena’s refusal to give into her blood lust and her growing feelings for a young police officer – part of the team trying to hunt down the immortal quartet – awaken Louise’s wrath and put everyone involved in danger.

Some of the special effects are a bit ropey, and Lena’s cheesy transformation scene did make me snigger, but this is an entertaining romp. The premise is interesting, the leads are all easy on the eye and the grimy side of Berlin gets its fair share of screen time. The choice of music and shooting techniques signal the director’s wish to give the film an “edge”, and in some cases it works. We Are The Night was never going to reinvent the wheel, but if you enjoy vampire stories, this is an interesting addition to the genre.

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