cast: Jenny Lampa, Ruth Vega Fernandez, Omid Khansari, David Dencik, and Peter Järn
director: Peter Pontikis
72 minutes (15) 2008
widescreen ratio 1.85:1
Chelsea DVD Region 2
review by Tony Hill
Not Like Others
This is a very slight piece, shot at night-time in deserted, rainy streets in Stockholm: all very dark and gloomy picture-wise and story-wise – although some may take comfort from the dénouement (but not me).
The plot, such as it is, concerns two close-knit sisters who are never separated and do everything together. Following a sexual encounter in a nightclub toilet with a predatory leather-clad biker, sister Vera (Jenny Lampa) kills the biker, and she and sister Vanja (Ruth Vega Fernandez) flee the club.
Most of the rest of Not Like Others (aka: Vampyrer) consists of the biker pack riding up and down the rainy streets looking for the sisters to have their revenge. As the sisters run and hide away, Vanja admits to Vera that she is not happy with their current life – in each others’ pockets all the time –
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and tells Vera that she needs to leave and strikeout on her own. Vera is not best pleased with this announcement and attempts, with little success, to persuade Vanja to change her mind.
Meanwhile, the bikers ride round, the rain continues to fall and everybody is miserable. So, do the bikers catch them? Does Vanja leave the nest? All is revealed but do we care? The gloominess, the paucity of plot and minimum dialogue (with subtitles hardly needed) do not encourage engagement with the characters.
Oh, by-the-way, the sisters are vampires. Why, you may ask? It feels as if the director thought that vampires are fashionable so let’s make the sisters vampires – it also means we can shoot at night in Stockholm when nobody is about and save a few kronor in staging the movie. The plot is a basic tale of breaking away from the familiar and venturing into the unknown. The vampire aspect is completely irrelevant. Fortunately, for me, the movie only lasts 70 minutes.