Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.
USA, 2012. Bersin Pictures, Deerjen Films, Venture Forth, Verisimilitude. Screenplay by Xan Cassavetes. Cinematography by Tobias Datum.Produced by Jen Gatien, Alex Orlovsky. Music by Steven Hufsteter. Production Design by Chris Trujillo. Costume Design by Audrey Louise Reynolds. Film Editing by Taylor Gianotas, John F. Lyons.
Yet another foray into vampire fiction that seeks to strike its own chord but ends up throwing more garbage onto the heap. Lone screenwriter Milo Ventimiglia spots gorgeous Joséphine de La Baume and falls immediately in love with her, so deeply besotted that when she turns out to be a member of the undead he thinks nothing of joining her in the realm of nocturnal living (he’s a screenwriter with no friends or family, after all). The two of them live in a palatial mansion that she is housesitting for a bloodsucking superior (Anna Mouglalis) who is also a famous actress. Their romantic idyll is interrupted by the appearance of Roxane Mesquida as that wonderful staple of the vampire character roster, the One Who Doesn’t Follow The Rules. She shows up and munches on a few human necks despite the fact that Mouglalis is trying to move their kind towards a new level of civilized behavior. Whether the film is about the first couple or the intruding menace is never particularly clear: there’s a whole sequence involving Mesquida tempting Mouglalis back towards her nature as a hunter that feels like director Xan Cassavetes (daughter of John) ran out of things to do with her original protagonists. It’s a stylish movie, and the sexy stuff is ripely appealing, but the whole thing revolves around an empty premise and the characters who are supposed to be impressively self-confident just come off as snide.