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The Countess 2011

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Hungary, at the dawn of the 17th century: Countess Erzebet Bathory (Julie Delpy) is considered the most powerful woman in the country - beautiful, intelligent and unwilling to accept a world in which men may bend and break the rules as they see fit.

Starring:
Julie Delpy, Daniel Brühl
Runtime:
1 hour, 39 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Director Julie Delpy
Starring Julie Delpy, Daniel Brühl
Supporting actors William Hurt, Anamaria Marinca, Sebastian Blomberg, Adriana Altaras, Charly Hübner, Andy Gatjen, Maria Simon, Frederick Lau, Katrin Pollitt, Anna Maria Mühe, Marlis Eulitz, Rolf Kanies, Christine Mayer, Henriette Confurius, Helen Woigk, Jesse Inman, André Hennicke, Jeanette Hain
Studio IFC Films
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 12, 2011
Format: Amazon Video
Writer/director/producer/musical scorer/actress Julie Delpy brings to the screen a character from history that few know. The film is based on the true history of the woman known as The Blood Countess, but after viewing this film it is obvious that the actual figure on whom the story is based was a brilliant political mind, a woman of noble breeding who could read and write in four languages, who once widowed was able to successfully defend her lands from the warring Turks and exact control over the reigning Hungarian King Matthias. But back to the history of the character as written by Delpy. 'Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed (Báthory Erzsébet in Hungarian) (1560 - 1614) was a countess from the renowned Báthory family of Hungarian nobility. She is considered the most prolific female serial killer in history and possibly the most prolific of any gender. She and four collaborators were accused of torturing and killing hundreds of girls, with one witness attributing to them over 650 victims, though the number for which they were convicted was 80. Erzsébet herself was neither tried nor convicted. In 1610, however, she was imprisoned in the Csejte Castle, where she remained bricked in a set of rooms until her death four years later. Later writings about the case have led to legendary accounts of the Countess bathing in the blood of virgins in order to retain her youth.'

The film opens with voice over by István Thurzó (Daniel Brühl) who relates the story of his only love. We are privy to the strange behaviors of the young Erzsébet who had a sadistic streak and was at birth promised to be the bride of Ferenc Nádasdy (Charly Hübner).
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For a movie about blood, The Countess is surprisingly lacking in passion. The characters seem distant and it is very difficult to believe this countess, so ruthless and successful as a power broker and commander of both king and armies, was tragically consumed over a jilting by her young lover--enough to bleed virgins in an attempt to regain a youthful vigor.

The story is unconvincing and, also, a puzzling misrepresentation of the circumstances that produced one of history's most infamous serial killers. Although I heard first about Bathory from this movie, on looking further, it seems The Countess is fictitious not only in terms of the warped romantic justification for her killings, but the machinations behind her rise to power is downplayed, as is social context of her cruelty, and the complicity of servants and family members. Even the tools she chose to kill and torture are apparently fictitious.

So with lackluster acting and sickening scenes of depravity that are merely cinematic invention and not compelled by real events, the film is a disappointing waste of resources. Delpy would have done better to explore Bathory's ruthlessness and cunning, and her cruelty, which apparently evolved openly and while her husband still lived, not opportunistically after he died. It would also be revealing to see the countess within the context of her depraved family, who intermarried to preserve their fortunes, but actively undermined each other's interests. Erzabet's depravities were apparently schooled by observing disgustingly inhuman acts perpetrated by numerous others in her extended family.

I gave the movie one star merely for piquing the viewer's interest in learning what is really known about this historic psychopath.
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By Ben on September 25, 2011
Format: DVD
Julie Delpy writes, directs and stars in "The Countess", a tale loosely based on the infamous Hungarian Countess Erzebet Bathory (also known as Elisabeth Bathory).
The director wanted the audience to look at the life and tribulations of the countess through a female lens, while trying to banish all those perceptions of Bathory being evil into something that has nothing to do with witchcraft and the dark side at all, but it is actually the countess descents into madness because of her lover and her enemies.

I think Julie Delpy has achieved that and she is perfect in her role as the normal-turned-to-a-madwoman Countess Erzebet Bathory. You can see she loves life, her subjects and after the mourning of her husband's passing, she does seem normal until she meet Istvan Thurzo (Daniel Brühl). She fall madly in love with him although he is much, much younger than her.

Still, Istvan loves her too. And that's when the problem starts as people begin to talk and Istvan's father (William Hurt as Gyorgy Thurzo) whom earlier tries to win the heart of the countess but failed now has a very intricate and evil plans to ruin the countess. From here on you can see how these plans drive the countess to the edge of madness.

I applaud Miss Julie Delpy for her great works in this film. Very underrated in the festival circuits, sadly. This movie is very talky, but the reward when the film finishes tastes as fresh as the young virgin's blood.
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First of all I have seen all the Countess Balory type movies there are and there are several. This movie is worth watching, but not for the reasons you might think. Julie Delpy CANNOT act... from what I understand about her past movies it is no surprise to many. Ms. Delpy reads her lines as though someone is behind her with a que card because the director can't get her to properly act out a single scene.

On the positive side, and the reason I gave it 3 stars instead of less, was due to the great acting on the part of the others in the movie and that the story and script were very well crafted. The scenary and costumes completely fit the era and times and though it is a dark and somewhat depressing type of movie it is still enticing enough to watch to the very end and still come up not feeling as though your time was completely ill spent.

If you can get past Julie Delpy's acting, you can enjoy the whole rest of the picture. I wouldn't go so far to purchase this movie, but if your a Prime member you can watch it for free, which in this case, I happened to be.

Thank you for reading my review.
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