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Ariane Louis-Seize

Vampire humaniste cherche suicidaire consentant

Edition 2023
92' - 2023 - Drama, Comedy - Dialogue: French
Director: Ariane Louis-Seize Composer: Pierre-Philippe Côté With: Sara Montpetit, Félix-Antoine Bénard, Steve Laplante
Ariane Louis-Seize's debut takes the shape of a vamp-com that playfully subverts typical vampire tropes while embracing the classic indie coming-of-age formula. The contrast between the gritty yet atmospheric cinematography and the lighthearted dynamics between the characters evokes the spirit of films like The Addams Family and Dark Shadows.
With her debut, Ariana Louis-Seize sinks her teeth into a "vamp-com" rightfully described as "Venice's hidden gem." The film's beating heart, though not quite literally, is Sara Montpetit, who, following her performance in Falcon Lake, once again astounds with her serene yet poignant portrayal of the 69-year-old vampire, Sasha. Louis-Seize crafts her protagonist into a morally-humanistic bloodsucker who prefers playing the piano keys to her prey. The vampirism in the film dances on the line between fear and desire, serving as a metaphor for the adolescent quest for identity, which she embarks on with the suicidal teenager, Paul. The poetic cinematography relies on earthy tones in the warm home of the vampire family and the gray, dark shadows outside - reminiscent of German expressionism - which, combined with the humorous script, promises a heartwarming yet peculiar cinematic experience.

"This film is a thought-provoking refreshing take on the vampire genre. It challenges conventions, prompting viewers to contemplate the boundaries of humanity. With its compelling characters and intricate narrative, this film invites audiences to explore the facets of identity and compassion." - ZIZ

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Credits

Director

Ariane Louis-Seize

Composer

Pierre-Philippe Côté

With

Sara Montpetit, Félix-Antoine Bénard, Steve Laplante

Scenario

Ariane Louis-Seize, Christine Doyon

Director of Photography

Shawn Pavlin

Editor

Stéphane Lafleur

Producer

Jeanne-Marie Poulain, Line Sander Egede

Production studios

Art & Essai

More information

Dialogue

French

Countries of production

Canada

Year

2023

Filmography

Ariane Louis-Seize
Être elles (short, 2016), Wild skin (short, 2016), La boucle (short, 2016), Les petites vagues (short, 2019), The Depths (short, 2019), Comme une comète (short, 2020), See You in My Dreams (2023), Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Person (2023)

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