In 1994, in Toronto, the vampire Boya awakens from his twenty-five years of sleep in a basement hit by a golf ball. He takes a cab to the local cemetery, retrieves his belongings from a grave and lodges in a low budget hotel nearby an all-night donut shop. Boya does not drink human blood anymore but rats and pigeons blood instead. While in the donut shop, Boya befriends and protects the taxi driver Earl, who is having trouble with two criminals, and falls in love for the waitress Molly. Meanwhile, his former passion of 1969, Rita, who misses her lost youth, is trying to locate him. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Unique, creative entry adds much needed "new blood" to a tired genre...
Blood & Donuts is a unique, creative film that adds much needed "new blood" to the tired vampire genre. Gordon Currie is remarkable as Boya, a shy and sensitive "humanist" vampire who comes out of hiding after hibernating for 25 years since the moon landing. Boya is rather unkempt and freaky, but has a winning kind of innocence and a wild mane of Jim Morrison hair. He goes to a late night donut shop to re-familiarize himself with humans and comes to the defense of a slow-witted but endearing young cabbie who is being threatened by murderous mobsters. Meanwhile, an old flame who has aged for the past 25 years stalks the still young looking Boya, demanding that he give her the "gift" of eternal life. Viewers can't help getting caught up because the characters are so well acted and well-written. There is a good deal of humor along the way, although in the final analysis it's a sad and touching story. This film is astonishingly entertaining, innovative and effective despite its low budget. Far more so than other bigger budgeted films like "Tale of a Vampire" and "The Wisdom of Crocodiles" Thanks to Currie's and Louis' wonderful characterizations, audiences will not soon forget the charming, winsome Boya and his new-found human buddy Earl.
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