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Therapy for a Vampire

Vienna, 1930. Count von Kozsnom has lost his thirst for life, and his marriage cooled centuries ago.

Fortunately, Sigmund Freud is accepting new patients the good doctor suggests the Count appease his vain wife by commissioning a portrait of her by his assistant, Viktor.

But it’s Viktor’s headstrong girlfriend Lucy who most intrigues the Count, convinced she’s the reincarnation of his one true love.

Soon, the whole crowd is a hilarious mess of mistaken identities and misplaced affections in this send-up of the vampire genre, proving that 500 years of marriage is enough.

"Writer-director David Rühm enjoyably mines every vampire trope in the book to spin this Mel Brooksian-lite tale of thwarted romance, psychobabble, vanity, envy and the pursuit of plasma, set in 1932 Vienna... There is enough Freudian symbolism on display to fill quite a few intriguing therapy sessions. Still, this is fun stuff."

Gary Goldstein Los Angeles Times

"If you've ever baulked at the thought of eternal life and wondered if it might not get a bit dull after a while, you may sympathise with the undead hero of David Ruhm's deftly structured fable."

Jennie Kermode Eye for Film

"Some witty lines still draw a laugh, but the strongest aspect of Therapy for a Vampire is its exquisite visual homage to the vamp films of old, and also the screwballs."

April Wolfe Village Voice

Movie Info

Directed by David Rühm
87 Minutes
In German with English Subtitles

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