Therapy for a Vampire – Austria, 2014

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‘500 years of marriage is enough’

Therapy for a Vampire is a 2014 Austrian/Swiss comedy horror film written and directed by David Ruehm. It stars Tobias Moretti, Jeanette Hain,
Cornelia Ivancan, Dominic Oley, David Bennent, Freud Karl Fischer, Erni Mangold, Lars Rudolph and Anatole Taubman.

The movie is also known as Der Vampir auf der Couch and Therapie für einen Vampir.

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Plot:

Vienna, 1932. Count von Kozsnom has lost his thirst for life, and his eternally long marriage cooled centuries ago. Fortunately, Sigmund Freud, with his innovative new approach to solving life’s existential problems, is accepting new patients.

During their strictly nocturnal sessions, the good doctor suggests the Count appease his vain wife, desperate to see her own reflection, by commissioning a portrait of her by his assistant, Viktor, an aspiring painter.

However, Viktor’s headstrong girlfriend Lucy most intrigues the Count, as he’s convinced she’s the reincarnation of his one true love…

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Reviews:

“The soundstagey look and TV-like lighting here are well suited to the movie’s wink-wink tone. Ruhm’s lively pace keeps the plot’s essential silliness from growing tiresome, even if it never kicks into the high-octane farce the picture seems to seek.” John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

” … takes relentless jabs at vampire lore and, most piercing of all, relationships and the vicissitudes of marriage. It does so in an invigorating way with heaps of wit to spare. But don’t worry, it’s not all top hats and snappy quips. There is enough blood splashed around to paint the walls.” Patrick Cooper, Bloody Disgusting

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“David Rühm strikes a few satirical laughs coupled with silly visual effects, but levitation and obsessive-compulsive bloodsuckers eventually grow tiresome without non-stop foolishness. It’s cute and kitschy, but Rühm’s softcore take on vampire mockery pulls its punches and weaves a familiar, weightless connection between jilted-ish lovers.” Matt Donato, We Got This Covered

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