Review: Humanist vampire looking for suicidal person
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Review: Humanist vampire looking for suicidal person

Humanist vampire looking for someone prone to suicide follows Sasha (Sara Montpetit), an introverted young vampire with a crippling problem: she doesn’t have the courage to kill. When she befriends the suicidal Paul (Félix-Antoine Bénard), it seems like the two can work out their problems, but finding the courage to make her first kill proves more difficult for Sasha than expected.

Short and sweet (as opposed to a long title), lasting about an hour and a half, The Humanist Vampire is relatively mild in both scope and plot, opting to follow the antics (or lack thereof) of a painfully uninteresting suburban vampire. The pseudo-coming-of-age story is played to the bone by writer-director Ariane Louis-Seize, who manages to capture the spirit of Sasha’s (and Paul’s) teenage angst without abandoning the film’s surrealist sensibilities.

Sometimes, The Humanist Vampire feels almost too pedestrian for its own good: the simplicity of the story is refreshing, but the vampire subgenre is not without its share of new material, and there isn’t much in Louis-Seize and Christine Doyon’s script that hasn’t already been done somewhere. But where the plot may leave much to be desired, the eclectic costumes and sets, music supervision and ambitious lighting choices all work together to spice things up. The Humanist Vampire with unforgettable musical and visual moments.

Although the character of Sasha may not be anything special in the novel (her gloomy, artistic aesthetics are reminiscent of the vampire heroine from A girl walks home alone at night), feels restless and sincere in the most vivid way possible, thanks to Montpetit’s pivotal performance. With her short, artificial delivery and perpetually shifting gaze, Montpetit gives Sasha an unsettling presence that does much to make up for the film’s lack of meaningful dialogue. Equally wide-eyed and awkward is Sasha’s young suitor, Paul, whose deer-in-the-headlights expression and chronic spinelessness make him the perfect, reluctant accomplice to the stiff-necked young vampire’s night of rebellion. Together, they wander the streets, pulling tame pranks and trying to muster the courage to end Paul’s life; it’s a macabre concept for a meet-cute, but it fits in perfectly with the film’s sense of humor.

While it may seem less substantial than some other vampire movies, Humanist vampire looking for someone prone to suicide is a paradoxically sweet, yet macabre French fantasy with an unusual main character, Montpetit. 90 minutes.

Gene Siskel Film Center

Review: Humanist vampire looking for suicidal person

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