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|Original title:||What we do in the Shadows|
|Direction:||Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement|
|Production country:||Neuseeland 2013|
|Running time:||Ca. 82 Min.|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
When four very different men live together in a shared flat, then the chaos is already pre-programmed. But if the flatmates are four vampires from different epochs, then normality is actually out of the question. All the more astonishing are the shots of a film team that has been granted access to the vampire flats of Viago (Taika Waititi), Vladislav (Jemaine Clement), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh) and Petyr (Ben Fransham). In the absolutely authentic documentary "5 Zimmer Küche Sarg" the filmmakers expose that even vampires have to struggle with the normal everyday problems of living in a shared flat: who does the dishes, who takes care of the food and which outfit suits the next party night - a very special problem if you don't have a mirror image. But despite a lot of friction the "living" together of the four bloodsuckers works - until Petyr turns the young Nick (Cori Gonzales-Macuer) into a vampire. At first, the experienced vampires hope to learn about the modern world through their mid-twenties, while teaching him the ancient basic rules of eternal life. But that just doesn't really work out. When Nick brings along his friend Stu (Stu Rutherford), the WG life finally gets out of joint…
The format of the so-called "Mockumentary", a faked documentation, is really not new anymore. At the latest since the international success of the comedy series "The Office" and its numerous variants like the German version "Stromberg" many series, but occasionally also films make use of this stylistic device. And as with the not entirely unlike "found footage" genre, excessive use has meant that the effect achieved at the beginning has worn off somewhat. Nonetheless, Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement with their vampire-mockumentary "5 Room Kitchen Sarg" have managed to defy any signs of wear and tear of the subject and to stage a wonderfully original and extremely funny comedy.
The comedic effect is not only achieved by playing with the usual stylistic means of the Mockumentary, but primarily by the fact that countless vampire clichés are transmitted here with the quite normal life in a modern metropolis. Sure, not every gag hits the mark. But even in its weaker moments, the production radiates an incredible amount of wit and charm. You can see not only in the play of the actors that the people involved obviously had a lot of fun writing and implementing the weird story.
When the vampires clash with a werewolf gang, desperately try to be invited to clubs or two potential victims prepare a truly delicious dinner, when Viago skypt for the first time or Vladislav shows the audience his torture chamber, then really no eye remains dry. Based on the atmosphere in the completely sold out cinema at the Fantasy Filmfest, where the enthusiastic audience applauded the film for minutes at the end, "5 Zimmer Küche Sarg" as a horror comedy is a real bull's eye hit, which is also due to many genre allusions in the target audience for good mood. Those who hope for a hearty horror food will be bitterly disappointed. And even those who can't get anything out of humor of the weirder kind won't be able to recognize the genius of this film.
On the other hand, those who can get involved with the very special humor of the makers, who have already lived out their very own style in the comedy series "Flight oft he Conchords", which has long since become a cult in fan circles, will definitely experience one of the funniest films of the year here and will want to move into this flat immediately. And therefore there is a very clear bottom line: Absolutely worth seeing!
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