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"Only Lovers Left Alive"

Updated: Friday, June 6 2014, 02:13 PM CDT

A fresh take on the vampire genre, Only Lovers Left Alive stars Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston (Thor's brother, Loki) as vampire lovers live overseas from each other.

Jim Jarmusch (Broken Flowers) writes and directs this film about Adam (who reminds me of Anne Rice's Lestat), a musician that lives in Detroit and is just going through the motions. He misses his love, Eve, even though they have been apart for a few centuries. She leaves Tangier and comes to Detroit for a visit. Omniscient individuals, they sit around talking about music.

They control their urges to prey on human life. Instead, they get their blood using alternative methods. Adam pays a Detroit doctor to give him blood bags from the hospital. Eve is much more confident than Adam, who wallows in his condescension and apathy.

Shortly thereafter, Eve's free-spirited sister shows up. Adam doesn't trust her because he believes that she always causes chaos. Just as he predicted, she ends up feeding on one of Adam's friends, someone that he depends on.

This script is very contemporary, with Adam and Eve drinking 0 positive blood in wine glasses like it's the best Cabernet in the world. They have blood popsicles for desert when lying around the apartment, many things that hipster vampires might do. This movie moves at a very slow pace, which might not be for the typical mainstream viewer. However, the cinematography is beautiful and dark giving the overall film a tranquil like feeling. There are so many layers to Adam and Eve and so much symbolism throughout the film. The only thing I never understood is why they were apart in the first place. It's a fantastic movie to discuss, possibly over a nice Cabernet.

By Ken The Critic @kenthecritic


"Only Lovers Left Alive"

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