Only Lovers Left Alive

onlyloversleftaliveAdam and Eve (Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton) are vampires who have been married for ages; during a stay in Tangier, Eve senses Adam’s depression and goes to see him in Detroit where he’s gained a reputation as an underground rock genius. When Jim Jarmusch makes a romantic film about vampires, the results are neither horror nor Twilight, but a slow, caring portrayal of love through the ages and a couple that has learned to respect life as well as the finer aspects of human culture. The two leads deliver understated, delicate performances. No story, but plenty of atmosphere; also works as a comment on Detroit’s decline.

2014-U.S.-Britain-Germany-France-Cyprus. 123 min. Color. Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. Cast: Tilda Swinton (Eve), Tom Hiddleston (Adam), Mia Wasikowska (Ava), John Hurt, Anton Yelchin, Jeffrey Wright.

Trivia: Michael Fassbender was allegedly considered for a lead role. Jarmusch’s band Sqürl contributes music.

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