We Are The Night (Wir sind die Nacht), a German film from 2010, is a very modern take on a very traditional vampire tale. A brief summary:
Lena is pursued and bitten by Louise, a beautiful, wealthy and dangerous lesbian vampire, and is inducted into a lifestyle that is both thrilling and terrifying. Can she learn to accept her new nature and embrace the night? Meanwhile, the cops, including love interest Tom, are closing in on the vampires, and soon the only certainty is that blood will be shed…
Louise (blonde), Charlotte (dark) and Nora (red) are a trio of vampires living the unlife in Berlin. Louise is the leader, their creator, searching always for the woman who is her true love – and when she spies Lena her heart is set.
Lena is a petty thief with a record, and catches the eye of good cop Tom. Despite being on opposite sides of the law, there is mutual respect and a spark of attraction. A few hours later, Lena is in a nightclub, looking for easy pickings, when Louise presents herself, a roll of notes placed to catch Lena’s eye.
One thing leads to another, and we see Lena’s transformation and induction into Louise’s seductive lifestyle of shopping, fast cars and getting high from chilled blood shots. With plenty of killing – and that’s a problem for Lena.
Meanwhile the police are closing in, and Tom cannot forget Lena…
It’s a well made film and ranks as one of my favourites, but I am frustrated with the romantic plot. Now, perhaps Lena is attracted to Louise at first, it’s unclear. Perhaps it’s more a fascination coupled with Louise’s manipulation. If Lena is bisexual, then I think it would be good to make this clearer, because instead she seems entirely straight for the rest of the film.
This is important for two reasons. First, it would make the plot far more interesting if there was a clear possibility of Lena being Louise’s true love. Second, if Lena is straight, this film plays to the old trope of evil=lesbian vampire seducing the straight woman away from her good=straight man. (See Lesbian Vampire (TV Tropes) and The Bisexual Question.)
So. I would like there to more chemistry between Lena and Louise before and after transformation. I would like to see Lena with her fangs buried in a human neck. I would like an ending that isn’t off-screen – there are simply too many questions raised by the ending, and it creates an impression of, ‘Oh, too complicated to write.’ Although, having said that, the DVD has two alternative endings, either of which would have been far more satisfying.
See also: My Top Ten … Fantastic Female Vampires.