Fledermäuse im Bauch (2004)

Meet Victor, a 25-year-old vampire, who works night-shift as an ambulance nurse (and in the process siphons off some of the banked blood for his personal use). Victor is a shy young man, especially around women. It is especially difficult for him to talk to them since he cannot control the tumescence of his fangs….

As you may have guessed from that last sentence, Fledermäuse im Bauch, a Swiss short film, is one of those vampire stories which centre around the traditional sexual symbolisms of vampirism. It is, however, not nearly as crude as it could be, but at times actually rather sweet.

This 18-minute comedy looks really good, especially for a film student’s project. The CGI is not great, but more than adequate for this kind of short film, which has probably been made on a very low budget. It simply looks rather cartoony – which somehow fits the comedic tone and the overall visual style of the film.

The acting is really good, with the film concentrating entirely on the two leads, Philipp Siegel and Sandra Maria Schlegel. The writing, however, is mixed. Writer-director Tom Gerber puts a lot of really great ideas into this film; and the sets, especially Victor’s flat, show a great love for detail. But considering the overall very simple story that we are told, it feels just a tad style-over-substance. I wish we could have had more character development, especially from the female character, and 18 minutes is not too short to achieve that.

All-in-all a very enjoyable film. Approximately 7.0 out of 10. Recommended for anyone who might like a romantic vampire comedy.

The film is currently available with English subtitles (for the most part very well translated, actually) on youtube:

part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6qHTOnk_S4

part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xER5VkFBmX4

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