Strigoi at Cinequest

More on this later, but I was most pleasantly surprised by “Strigoi,” a British vampire comedy that is as dry and amusing as a fine martini. This very accomplished film is, surprisingly, the first effort by director Faye Jackson. The action takes place in a small Romanian village, where a young man, conveniently named Vlad, returns from a stint working abroad in Italy. He discovers dead bodies, undead bodies and plenty of inappropriate gorging. Turns out that blood-sucking is a handy metaphor for all kinds of social and political ills in a land still coming to grips with the hangover after the fall of Communism. The metaphoric possibilities are explored with a very light hand—as one of Vlad’s very old-country elders keeps grousing, “If the Communists didn’t take my land, the Gypsies did.”

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