A girl on girl vampire love story...
1994’s Nadja is a sample of Dracula’s daughter’s life, as she ventures in the streets and clubs of New York City. She is the updated figure of Gothic vampires. She is cool, cold, independent and vicious. The style is experimental, so not always optimal, the editing is self-indulgent and, as a result, the film is hard to sit through. It seems meant to please film students and Dracula completists.
The movie is hip, sometimes psychedelic, and uses camera effects to complement plot elements in creative ways, making us part of the action. The visual filter most often used, “Pixelvision”, does what it suggests: it pixelate the screen. It in fact implicitly indicates that what are living the current moment with a vampire’s eyes and perspective. It’s terribly annoying, though…
Unlike her infamous father, Nadja is a bisexual vampire that blends in the crowd. Purists will conclude she gets what she wants through hypnosis, as he did, but it is never clearly stated. The movie is interesting, but is nothing like the classic tale it is a spin-off of. Every facet feels art house and kind of melancholic. The cast is limited and the performances are rather beige and depressing.