Karmina

Having fled from a forced marriage, a Transylvanian vampire finds true love in Canada.
Feel-Good

 

Canada
1996
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Translated
Character Focus: 
Vampire Film
Relative: 
Father
Psychics: 
Telekinetic
Wizards: 
Evoker
6
The funny thing is...
6
5.04
7.04
6
2
3
1
Performances
Effects
Dialogue
The actors of Karmina are Quebec’s cream of the crop. Some have a soap opera background and some are famous local comedians. It took three Pelletier; Yves, Andrée, and Gabriel, to come up with a horror comedy about vampires, francophone genre films being a rarity in this part of the globe in 1996. Half the humor, here, is conveyed by dialogue; the other half by slapstick humor.
Karmina mocks Quebec’s culture and French slang, superimposed with Transylvanian cliches, more than it parodies vampire films. It’s a mix of pride and self-deprecation that may not translate particularly well on the international market because neither dubbing nor subbing can do it justice. The dialogue is clever, though, and the performers show impeccable comedic timing.
The special effects are scarce but embarrassing, the color-keying isn’t all that, and the compositing is shit. It’s certainly not where the budget went. 110 minutes is way too much for what Karmina has to say. Racial jokes, gay jokes, and, of course, jokes on vampires; the repertoire runs dry soon enough. That said, most characters look like clowns, and the actors appear to be having a blast!
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