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(aka "Vampyrer" )

 

directed by Peter Pontikis
Sweden 2008

 

Vera (Jenny Lampa) and Vajna (Ruth Vega Fernandez) are a pair of vampire sisters who survive by stealing and feeding off of denizens of the chilly Stockholm nightlife. Vajna is depressed and wants to make a go of living normally (she is shown unsuccessfully trying to eat human food) while party girl Vera only fears getting fat. Dismissing Vajna's boring plan to go see a movie, Vera drags her to an underground club. When Vera kills and feeds off of a biker who roughed her up, the sisters are soon on the run from his biker pals. Hyped as a spiritual cousin to LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, NOT LIKE OTHERS (VAMPYRER) is not as action-oriented as the setup suggests and more character-focused like its supposed model. These vamps are not hyper-sensitive (at the club, Vera was lost in her own world dancing to notice the leering biker and Vajna was busy brooding at the bar to notice his unwelcome advances on her sister) nor are they stealthy (while running from a nurse, Vera accidentally crushes a bag of stolen blood and drops the rest). The angsty sisters wander listlessly, passing the hours feeding and looking for diversions like almost any other listless young person. The film does reverse expectations on which sister is more dependent on the other (with an accompanying exchange of temperaments as one goes from emotional to cold and the other vice versa) and things go from uncomfortable to tense when the biker gang catch up with them. NOT LIKE OTHERS (which may be a more appropriate title than VAMPYRER) may not be another LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, but it is sure to please arthouse existentialists who want the metaphoric aspects of vampirism pushed to the forefront.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 5 September 2008 (Sweden)

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DVD Review: Chelsea Films - Region 2 - PAL

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Chelsea Films

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:11:21 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.8 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Swedish Dolby Digital 5.1; Swedish Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Chelsea Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 1:43 - in Swedish with English subtitles)

DVD Release Date: 25 October 2010
Amaray

Chapters 8

 

Comments

Chelsea Films' anamorphic, progressive transfer is encoded at a very high bitrate so the heavy grain on this film shot in Super 16mm and blown-up to 35mm seems faithfully represented (the night exteriors are full of grain and blown-out streetlamps but the effect is beautiful).

The 5.1 and 2.0 downmix are strong, clearly conveying the dialogue and very prominent music score throughout. The English-subtitled UK theatrical trailer is the only extra.

  - Eric Cotenas

 



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