Only lovers left alive

Vampires are very popular these days. There always seems to be a movie or TV series with vampires. Nones are like Only lovers left alive. That’s because director Jim Jarmusch’s screenplay is so original and the two main characters such creations, that you can almost feel the crew roaring with laughter in between takes. Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton) have been in love for centuries. Adam lives in Detroit and has become a reclusive rock musician, complete with goth clothes and hair. He buys vintage guitars from a young “rock and roll kid” called Ian. Eve lives in Tangier and her uncontaminated blood provider and her BFF is Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe (the always excellent John Hurt). Adam buys his blood at the hospital from a certain Dr. Watson. Those modern vampires prefer not to kill to feed themselves. “This is the 21st century!” says Eve to a another vampire. Eve feels that Adam might be in danger, so she comes to Detroit to reunite with her husband. At night, Adam and Eve drive through a deserted Detroit. Then Eve’s younger sister, Eva (Mia Wasikowska) arrives. Adam does not like her. And she is indeed trouble. Tilda Swinton’s performance has much help by the mass of white/blond, braided, dusty hair. Or the yellowish leather coat that’s both modern and ancient. She walks in the narrow streets of Tangier, she looks like a dangerous animal looking for her next victim. Swinton, Hiddleston and Jarmusch’s screenplay full of snappy dialogue and intelligence. Esthetically the film is excellent, particularly the exteriors, either Detroit or Tangier. A great score by Dutch composer Jozef van Wissem, has a distorted electric guitar sound that seems perfect here.

Rémi-Serge Gratton

Only lovers left alive

Directed by:
Jim Jarmusch
Screenplay by:
Jim Jarmusch
Tilda Swinton
Tom Hiddleston
Mia Wasikowska
Anton Yelchin
Jeffrey Wright
John Hurt
123 min.
Rated 14A
In English with some French and Arabic with English subtitles.

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