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WE ARE THE NIGHT (WIR SIND DIE NACHT) (2010)

Starring Karoline Herfurth, Nina Hoss, Jennifer Ulrich, Anna Fischer, Max Riemelt, Waléra Kanischtscheff, Senta Dorothea Kirschner, Arved Birnbaum, Steffi Kühnert, Jochen Nickel, Ivan Shvedoff, Nic Romm, Manuel Depta, Tom Jester, Christian Näthe and Tom Jahn.

Screenplay by Jan Berger.

Directed by Dennis Gansel.

Distributed by IFC Films.  100 minutes.  Not Rated.

 

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We Are the Night (Wir Sind Die Nacht) 

There are so many vampire movies out there that it seems nearly impossible to come up with a new angle on them. 

The German film We Are the Night (Wir Sind Die Nacht) does its best to take it into a different direction – hot Eurotrash lesbian vampires who throw raves and drive $300,000 sports cars. 

It may sound like a bit of a cheesy direction change, but We Are the Night actually succeeds extremely well – both as a vampire movie and as a moody exploration of the underbelly of European nightlife. 

Are the vampires simply allegories for a cold and dangerous world?  Undoubtedly, but honestly which vampires aren’t?  

And if the movie in the end seems to be a bit of style over substance?  Again, which vampire movies aren’t? 

However, despite its pulpy roots and periodic silly patches, We Are the Night is mostly enjoyable cheese. 

We Are the Night follows a vampire gang, run by femme fatale Louise – played by the always intriguing Nina Hoss (Yella, Jerichow) – almost a den-mother of debauchery for her small group of night dwellers. 

These vampires are thrill seekers.  They kill with regularity, despite the fact that they seem to have chilled reserves of blood.  They all drive the aforementioned high-end sports cars.  They break into guarded quarries just so they lounge in bikinis.  They even play chicken with the sun – staying out as the sun rises for as long as they physically can before they are engulfed in flames.  

As Louise describes the lifestyle, “We eat, drink, sniff coke, and fuck as much as we like.  But we never get fat, pregnant, or hooked.” 

Louise’s constant companions over the years have been Nora (Anna Fischer), the wild and impetuous sprite of the group.  The other member is Charlotte (Jennifer Ulrich), a former silent-film starlet who was bitten by Louise just as she was becoming a star – forcing her to leave her career, and most importantly, her family behind.  Eighty-some years later, immortality has grown somewhat tiresome and Charlotte looks more and more at what she left behind. 

This leads to the most quietly devastating moments on the film, a surprisingly poignant scene in which Charlotte goes to visit her daughter, who she had last seen as a child before she was turned, but is now dying in a nursing home.  It’s a sweet, tender moment in a film which does not seem to have too much value for subtle emotion. 

As Charlotte becomes more and more morose, Louise decides their little group needs a new infusion of blood – so to speak. 

She finds that new passion in Lena (Karoline Herfurth), a young punkette small-time criminal who tries to evade the police in their rave club.  At first Lena is seduced by the glamour and excitement of the lifestyle, but eventually her affection for a local policeman puts her at odds with Louise. 

It’s all fast and flashy and doesn’t always make sense, but We Are the Night is certainly entertaining.

Jay S. Jacobs

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