Therapy for a Vampire ("Der Vampir auf der Couch")
Official Selection, Sarasota Film Festival 2015
“Marvelously amusing… a splendid script, a stellar cast and huge amounts of charmingly quirky humor” – Maynard Morrissey, HORROR MOVIE DIARIES
Count Geza von Közsnöm has lost his thirst for life. His existence is not a sunny one, and seems to drag on eternally — as does his marriage to the Countess, who isn’t the reflective type and can in fact be a real beast sometimes. Dragged down by existential malaise, the dapper yet depressed Count can at least consider him fortunate to be in 1930s Vienna, where Dr. Sigmund Freud is breaking new ground in mental medicine with his theories of psychoanalysis. As their strictly nocturnal sessions advance, the Count comes across Lucy, who bears an eerie resemblance to his long-lost true love, and Viktor, Freud’s assistant and an aspiring painter. Could Lucy be the Count’s supernatural salvation? Will Viktor’s canvas show the vain Countess her true self as no mirror ever could?
Amid the recent wave of mopey, mirthless, teen-bait vampire fare, it’s high time for a really outstanding comedy in that particular genre. With a perfectly Germanic tone of sophisticated wit and understated subtlety, Austrian writer/director David Rühm leaves no tombstone unturned as he keeps the sight gags, puns and punchlines coming at an invigoratingly quick and steady pace. Elegantly simple and effective, THERAPY FOR A VAMPIRE has a wonderfully theatrical feel to it, from its discerning set designs and delightful practical effects to the rewardingly indulgent performances from a tight, dynamic cast, headed by award-winner Tobias Moretti as the Count. If you’re thirsting for a bloody good time, get off your couch and grab a seat for this memorable little gem!
— Rupert Bottenberg