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It is creepy, thoughtful, and very funny. This movie has viewers divided. Obviously the people who hate it did not get the humor, which is subtle and dark.
Nadja is the daughter of Dracula living in modern day New York. She describes her father as "a cruel and distant man." For the most part, this film is about the psychological damage caused by growing up in a single parent household with a vampire as the parent. She says things like "the pain I feel is the pain of fleeting joy." Instead of saying "I want to suck your blood," she says "I want to change my life" in a heavy Transyvanian accent.
Like all Dracula films, the arch nemesis is Van Helsing. In this film, he is the crazy uncle. He rides a bicycle and sleeps in a piano.
Nadja's crazy sidekick is Renfield, but we do not find that out until a third the way through the movie.
If you liked films like "Blade" and "Underworld," you are going to hate "Nadja." "Nadja" is for people who normally hate vampire films and looking for great dialog, stylish camera work, and have a quirky sense of humor.
This is easily my all time favorite vampire movie.
For vampire fans, Nadja is a must-see movie. That is, unless you prefer recycled goth-style renditions of the vampire story repeated over and over. Nadja is one of the few *modern* vampire movies that does not incorporate a form of martial arts fighting. There is a somber, crisp mood reflected from both the black and white digital film and the character script. It is a modern and fresh story which remains true to the character motives and rarely duplicated creepiness (though many have tried) of Bram Stocker's classic novel Dracula. You'll also find hidden humerous remarks throughout the film referencing aspects of 'dracula culture'.
Also, the dark theme of the music in the film (from such artists as Portishead) adds to the emotional effect the director has intended.
As a point of criticism, the final clash between the two vampire twins Nadja and Edgar is somewhat anti-climatic. The buildup left you desiring to see more of a struggle or something, leaving you with a feeling betrayal, asking yourself the question, "Was that all?" Another weak area was the filmography during the shots where Nadja attacks her victims. It seems too psychadelic, as Almereyda changes the camera film speed and focus, filming the scenes through a filter in order to provide a "special effect." It seemed he was attempting to capture something sensual, almost sinister, with the moment. However, it failed. All it did for me was become a tad irritating after the first occurence, and soon I found myself longing for a little old fashioned fangs and gore.Read more ›
"Nadja" is a bit of a remake of the sequel to the original Dracula, entitled "Dracula's Daughter". Nadja is the daughter in question, one half of a pair of fraternal twins. Dracula has had many children through rape, but she and her brother Edgar were the only born from love; thus all of the rest were born hideous idiots allowing them to blend into the population (now THAT's black humor!). Nadja is a sexy vampire maiden of perpetual sorrow, enveloped by the sadness of "fleeting joy"; everything she loves disappears in the end. Her brother, thinking them monsters, wants her dead and is ill from not feeding, her "cruel and distant" father has just been killed by Dr. Van Helsing - who is played in an unusual manner by Peter Fonda- who is now aiming for her, and then there's that whole vampire thing: immortality and blood drinking and all that.Read more ›
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Movie was somewhat corny and all the characters except Nadia couldn't be taken seriously. There was no empathy or excitement. Read morePublished on February 6, 2014 by Sunny Von Tepperoff
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I saw it first when it came out in 1994 and I knew I had to own this movie. I can't recommend this movie enoughPublished on November 1, 2013 by rich
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