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George Bailey

Amazingly dark and gritty! Very atmospheric throughout and I loved the lightning and the cinematography! Great characters and fantastic acting by the lead actors. Loved the music! Masterpiece and a future cult classic!
8 years 2 months ago
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Maxahlia

This might be the only really, actually good vampire film I have ever seen. Mainly because it wasn't about vampires for the sake of vampires. It was about a man and a woman who just happened to be vampires. Their relationship was curious and inspired adoration. The movie was visually pleasing, it had wonderful music and such a delightfully grave feeling to it, yet it was also subtly hilarious. I enjoyed it quite a lot.
8 years ago
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The_Comatorium

This is not a vampire film. This is a Jim Jarmusch film. These are the words spoken by one of the theater employees at the Landmark Sunshine. He was absolutely correct. It took me a couple weeks to finally get to see this, not because of a distaste of Jarmusch films, but rather a reluctance to see anything vampire related. Once again, I was wrong. The film ended up being about vampires, but only in the way that the two characters just so happened to be vampires. The rest of the film was a slow burning lesson in how to make and immersing hang out film. I loved it.

The film centers around the aptly named Adam and Eve, two vampires who have lived on the earth longer than most countries have around. The adhere to typical vampire myth/lore in which they can’t go out during the day, they are immortal, and they need blood to survive. The problem they face is getting the blood. This is not the same world that they used to live in. There is facebook, youtube, cameras, and police forces that can and will catch them in the act if they used their old way. They have to find their blood in more creative ways and this usually involves a lot of money, money acquired through means I’m not aware of. This seems like a very urgent conflict that would drive the film but it was really only a secondary plot line. The film ended up being a two how Jim Jarmusch dance of style, music, conversation, and light. It’s a complete atmosphere film that relies heavily on the soundtrack to help the painted scenery come alive. The film take place solely at night so every single shot is backed by dark and faded light sources. It perfectly fit the setting of an abandoned and desolate Detroit. I can’t explain enough how much I loved the aesthetic of this film. Jarmusch has always been a talent behind the camera but this may be his finest work yet.

The music, as I said, plays a huge role. Adam is an other worldly musician who has collected priceless items over the years of advancing his craft. He does so however by way of remaining completely recluse in his house so that nobody will catch on to the fact that he’s been alive so long. Anton Yelchin plays Adam’s close friend Ian and person whom he pays to fetch these instruments and whatever else he desires. He doesn’t know who Adam is but admires his genius. Tom Hiddleston was the first of two absolutely perfect casting choices for the leads. He may come off a bit like a hipsters dream of “fuck the system” cynicism but he also is wise beyond any human counterpart and just leaks the kind of coolness only a depressed vampire can give. Usually I frown upon seeing these kind of characters but the way Hiddleston portrayed Adam hooked me in line and sinker just like Adam did with Ian. Tilda Swinton plays Eve, the wife of Adam who travels from her home in Tangier to see her lover. I don’t quite remember why they were apart. They may not have explained it. It may just be the fact that they were lovers for thousands of years and needed some time apart, just like human relationships. Swinton may just be the perfect female vampire. She has that accent to go along with the white face and long hair. I was just amazed by her performance as the older and wiser vampire that understands what her man is going through. John Hurt and Mia Wasikowska also play vampires although their roles are less prominent. Both played their roles beautifully even though I couldn’t stand Wasikowska’s character of Eva, the little sister to Eve.

I’m trying not to go into too many plot details but honestly, there aren’t many details to talk about. It’s a total slow burn that is both captivating in terms of writing and mesmerizing in terms of aesthetics. It’s a film that may be boring to some but for people who love Jim Jarmusch’s films, it’s a pleasure film all the way. I can’t recommend it enough and while I’m not giving it a perfect rating, mostly due to my dislike of one of the characters, it’s probably Jarmusch’s best film to date and probably my favorite film of the year so far. Try to see it in theaters if you can.

4.5/5

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7 years 11 months ago
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Larkspire

Another masterpiece by Jarmusch. More about two lovers (one brooding) and a slice of their life than it is about vampires, and there's a sprinkling of allegory in there too - but just enough to bring out the film's other flavours. Beautiful soundtrack, also.
8 years ago
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Camille Deadpan

These two are probably the coolest vampires I've ever seen. Tom was really great but Tilda stole the movie.

The movie has so many beautiful shots
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Also - "Dr. Faust/Strangelove/Caligari" :D
8 years 1 month ago
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Siskoid

Jim Jarmush takes on vampires in Only Lovers Left Alive, a film starring Tilda Swinton (Eve) and Tom Hiddleston (Adam) as an immortal couple, her a patron of the arts, and him a musician and engineer. They're vampires, sure, but the focus is really on what eternity might do to a loving relationship. Adam and Eve are fascinating people (who get great support from John Hurt as a vampiric Kit Marlowe) you're happy to spend time with as people, and Jarmush adds to vampire tradition with their skills and abilities in ways I haven't seen before. It's easily one of Jarmush's most beautiful films, slicker than his usual fare, and with some interesting locations like Tangiers and an almost post-apocalyptic Detroit, both of which have something to say about permanence and the transitory nature of all things. It's more a portrait than a plot, with many of its elements not necessarily getting closure, but as in an eternal relationship, things don't need to be tied up quickly. There will always be time. So like the "zombies" we are, we can never grasp a complete picture, because our mayfly experience might as well be a two-hour film in which not everything can happen.
6 years 11 months ago
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Alex Rogue

Every bit of it: cinematography, acting,work of the camera,the script, music, everything was stunning. I've never seen a film like that. I love it with all my heart. So inspiring!
7 years 10 months ago
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corchap

Great music and cinematography, and I really enjoyed the relaxed nature of the chemistry between Tilda and Tom.
7 years 4 months ago
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Emiam

7/10
Cool and different (what else) Jim Jarmusch's movie. The music och cinematography (Y) (Y)
3 years 1 month ago
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OrjanB

Best vampire movie I ever saw! Awesome, cool, really cool...sexy, and effortless. Visually it was beautiful, really good casting too. An instant favorite.
7 years 2 months ago
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daisyaday

https://vimeo.com/channels/868273/118457883
4 years 8 months ago
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acoltismypassport

My new favourite vampire film.
5 years 11 months ago
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Redshira

Loved the picture, the soundtrack and the atmosphere. That being said, this movie lacks of a story and I couldn't help feeling bored. Overall it was disappointing.
6 years 5 months ago
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buteberry

I loved everything about it. It's a masterpiece.
7 years 11 months ago
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Joelston

Probably my favorite Jarmusch.
8 years 1 month ago

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