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So, apparently, did Jarmusch, which is why Only Lovers Left Alive luxuriates in a curious end-of-an-era melancholy, as if he'd set out at once to make the last ever vampire movie and cinema's last ever love story. The lovers in question are reclusive rock musician Adam Tom Hiddleston, exuding fastidiously weary cool and Eve Tilda Swinton, pallid and otherworldly — I swear, you'd barely recognise her.
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Centuries old, the couple are married and still deeply in love though living apart: she in Tangier, he in a Detroit seemingly reverting to primeval jungle. The pair reunite, only to have their idyll crashed by Eve's wild-child sister a louchely coquettish Mia Wasikowska. Not only that, but the top-quality ruby nectar is getting to be in short supply. This is a film guaranteed to affect some viewers the way garlic affected Bela Lugosi. Some will find it unbearably arch and the lovers rebarbatively self-satisfied and above it all.
And it might be objected that the vampire-junkie parallel has already been done to un death, notably in Abel Ferrara's The Addiction. But what makes Jarmusch's film so distinctive is that he pushes all the Anne Rice cliches to their limits, wryly acknowledging their creakiness, yet still finding humour and grace in them. Adam gets his supply from Dr.
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Watson, a skittish hematologist who provides safe blood at a price. Director: Jim Jarmusch. Genre s : Drama , Horror , Romance. Rating: R. Runtime: min.
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Keith Uhlich Apr 8, Read full review. Eric Kohn May 26, If you can groove with Jarmusch's patient, philosophical indulgences and the wooden exteriors of his characters' lives, the movie rewards with a savvy emotional payoff about moving forward even when the motivation to do so has gone. Rene Rodriguez May 8, The casting of Hiddleston and Swinton was a stroke of genius: They emanate a particular sort of cool only they seem privy to, accentuating their alienation.
Peter Bradshaw May 26, If it is an exercise in style … well, what style. With its retro-chic connoisseurship and analogue era rock, this is a brilliant haute-hippy homage.
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Sheri Linden Apr 10, The unhurried film is a beauty. Shooting digitally — a first for Jarmusch and a paradox for a movie that so ardently celebrates the artisanal — cinematographer Yorick Le Saux uses nocturnal lighting to eloquent effect. The titular lovers are beauties too, soulful and captivating.
Swinton and Hiddleston make their love story one for the ages. And atmosphere. Mick LaSalle Apr 18, Only Lovers Left Alive is simply dead, an exercise in style, bland humor and vague gesture that yet seems to have been made in the naive expectation of a conventional response - that is, of an audience's actually caring.
Write a Review. User Reviews. Thegodfatherson Apr 11, Yes, Only Lovers Left Alive is another vampire movie. Yes, the characters are very pale and old and romantic. However, it is also wickedly smart, beautifully shot, filled to the brim with talent and full of cultural witticisms. This is a movie for film lovers and pop culture enthusiasts. It is a vampire film that takes advantage of its time span; cultural references dating back hundreds of years can be found at every corner.
Only Lovers Left Alive does not focus on blood and gore, it is not a thriller nor a horror, it doesn't even truly focus on the world of vampires. Instead, Jarmusch studies the eternal, he explores the quiet, perhaps boring, every day life of a modern, intelligent and ancient being who has, quite literally, seen it all. This review contains spoilers , click expand to view.
This is the most romantic movie made in decades; Jarmusch truly understands how love is expressed in its most pure form. Adam and Eve are two vampire lover, who live apart, they both understand the world in a different way, but this means that they complete each other; there cannot exist one without another, but this has nothing to do with being physically together, it is more about what do they talk and how much they need to communicate. Finally Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddelston understood exactly what Jarmusch was creating and took acting to another level.
MarcDoyle Apr 12, Love the simmering feel of this film - Hiddleston and Swinton are amazing in it. The juxtaposition of the overnight versions of Detroit and Tangiers is inspired. This is my favorite Jarmusch movie since Broken Flowers. ClaireK Jan 22,