Only Lovers Left Alive

Only Lovers Left Alive
USA, 2013
Directed by:

Dir.: Jim Jarmusch
Prod.: Jeremy Thomas, Reinhard Brundig
Scr.: Jim Jarmusch
Phot.: Yorick Le Saux
Ed.: Affonso Goncalves
Music: Jozef Van Wissem
Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin
Hungarian distributor: A Company Hungary
123 mins.

Set against the desolation of the once-vibrant cities of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction the world is going, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their love story endured at least several centuries, but their debauched, romantic idyll is soon disrupted by the woman’s uncontrollable younger sister. Can these wise, but fragile, outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them?

Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch approaches this vampire romance with an ease that beautifully tracks these contemporary creatures, who are lost in their indifference toward humanity except for the intoxication of enjoying arts like literature and music. Jarmusch fills the screen with gorgeous, gothic imagery as his characters—who wholly embrace their unique environment—share their burnt-out observations on the state of society.


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