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article imageReview: ‘Vampire Sisters’ hypnotize audiences of all ages Special

By Sarah Gopaul     Apr 10, 2013 in Entertainment
‘Vampire Sisters’ is the amusing and colourful tale of two half-vampires who move to the suburbs and must adjust to life in the human world.
It's tough moving to a new city. You miss your old friends; you have to worry about making new ones; and there's the local customs to which you may be unaccustomed. For the Vampire Sisters (Die Vampirschwestern), there's also the inconvenience of hiding their true identities from humans.
Twelve-year-old Daka and Silvania are half-vampires – their mother is human and their father is a vampire. In a sense, this gives the girls the best of both worlds: they can (cautiously) live in the sun with superhuman strength and the ability to fly. After growing up in a subterranean vampire city in Transylvania, their mother insists they try life above ground amongst other humans. The girls feel very differently about the move. Silvania can't wait to make friends and fall in love with a boy, while Daka can't stand having to conceal her true power. But a botched wish shows the girls the extreme sides of both their natures and what it would be like not to have certain advantages.
The general message of this tale is simple: accept yourself as you are; trying to be something else only leads to trouble. It's a bit of an understatement to describe these girls as special. But even though their specific circumstances are unique, it's easy to relate to a desire to change something about one's self.
This movie is fun to watch. The pointiness of the family's vampirism is removed, making them a typical suburban unit that happens to fly over town at night. Filmmakers still deal with the bloodlust, but with donor bags and uncontrollable urges likened to vampire puberty. Silvania's crush on a classmate is sweet, as is her guarded attempt to spend time by the pool with him care of a thick layer of SPF 5000.
Humour is a big part of the narrative. A suspicious man living next door becomes determined to prove his new neighbours are vampires, though he looks more and more like the comical monster stalking the children with crosses and guns filled with holy water.
The story is consistently engaging and entertaining. Daka and Silvania are incredibly likeable though they couldn’t be further opposites in personality or dress. Daka takes after he father – dark and cool; while Silvania is more like her mother – earthy and nurturing. And Daka’s pet is very cute and squishy with surprisingly expressive facial features.
The film is screening during the TIFF Kids International Film Festival. The North American premiere is recommended for ages nine and up. Check the website for showtimes.
Director: Wolfgang Groos
Starring: Marta Martin, Laura Antonia Roge and Christiane Paul
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