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The Countess (2009)

The Countess

Overview


Genre

Drama, Thriller

Release Date

June 25, 2009 (Germany)

Duration

98 min.

Production Budget

$8.5 millions

Studio

Social Capital

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Julie Delpy

Producer

Julie Delpy, Matthew E. Chausse, Christopher Tuffin, Andro Steinborn

Screenwriter

Julie Delpy

Starring

Story


"The Countess" is a period drama/thriller set against the violent and macabre world of 17th Century Eastern European aristocracy. Reminiscent of the political intrigue of "The Illusionist" and the haunting stylings of "Bram Stoker's Dracula", "The Countess" tells the tale of Erzebet Bathory (Julie Delpy) an aging noblewoman whose years of solitude and loneliness transforms her into a cold and distant figure among Hungarian nobility. When her violent and brutal husband, Ferenc Nadasky, dies on the field of battle, Erzebet is forced to defend her estate against the political maneuverings of her fellow nobles. After having her heart broken by the handsome, young Count Thurzo (Daniel Bruhl), Erzebet seeks the aide of a seductive witch named Anna Darvulia (Anamaria Marinca) to help win back his love. However, Erzebet's fairy tale dream soon transforms into a nightmare when Darvulia's corruption leads Erzebet's already cold and selfish heart to commit an infamous series of ritualistic murders aimed at stealing the youth and beauty from innocent maidens. As rumors of her actions begin to spread, a mysterious nobleman (Vincent Gallo) further exploits Erzebet's vanity and misguided passion to curry favor with his fellow nobles, which leads to the dispossession and damnation of a woman blinded by love and vanity. Based on a true story and widely credited by many as a primary influence of Stoker's "Dracula" myth.

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Daniel Bruhl stars as Istvan Thurzo in Social Capital's The Countess (2009)
Anamaria Marinca stars as Anna Darvulia and Julie Delpy stars as Erzebet Bathory in Social Capital's The Countess (2009)

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..pic's best chances are as a cult item..”
by Boyd van Hoeij [Variety]
“..even if it tries to be profound about something that deals with the superficial, "The Countess" is ironically nothing more than a vanity project..”
by Jose Solis [Movies Kick Ass]
“..the script fails to establish any point or to accomplish anything worthwhile..”
by Greg Wroblewski [Movie House Commentary]