Missed posting yesterday due to Readathon, but here’s the V post on Sunday!
Runtime: 1h 28m
Director: Vincent Lannoo
Writer: Frédérique Broos, Vincent Lannoo
Stars: Carlo Ferrante, Vera Van Dooren, Pierre Lognay
Belgium’s vampire community invites a documentary crew to film one of their families: husband, wife, and two teen children – Georges, Bertha, Sampson, and Grace.
Initial: So, kind like What We Do in Shadows?
Production Notes: What We Do in Shadows is a 2014 film, so Vincent Lannoo’s film predates Taika Waititi’s by a few years.
What Did I Think: (possible spoilers ahead) Not that I watched the trailer before I watched the movie, but the trailer makes this movie look much funnier than it is. It has a few chuckle moments, but it has nowhere the absurdity of What We Do in Shadows. What is does have is a great deal of commentary on class. The family of vampires is solidly upper middle class. The have “neighbors” who live in their basement, vampire who have no children and are therefore not entitled to a house. The Belgium government supplies the Saint-Germains with immigrants and other “undesirables” as food and even help with corpse disposal. The class distinctions are thrown into further relief when the family is temporarily exiled to Quebec. The family is asked to contribute to a “freer” society, hand-in-hand with humans. It doesn’t go so well.
There are a few moments of found-footage peril, but obviously the terror here isn’t to be found in blood and gore. Not at all what I was expecting, but not bad.