Only Lovers Left Alive

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Jim Jarmusch (Broken FlowersGhost Dog) received another Palme d’Or nomination at Cannes 2013 for this slowburning, darkly comic story of centuries-old vampires Adam and Eve, played by Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton. Adam is holed up in rundown Detroit, making droney guitar music, while Eve fills her nights with literature in Tangier. As she sets off to see Adam, Eve begins to realise he's spiralling into existential despair. Co-stars Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt and Anton Yelchin.

"Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician (Hiddleston), deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover (Swinton). Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister (Wasikowska). Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them?" (Cannes Film Festival)


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Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance


Rating: M Offensive language

Germany, UK, USA, France, Cyprus

There’s a certain kind of dissolute beauty advertisers use to suggest that being a strung-out supermodel or junkie rock-star would be awesome, rather than grim. Those execs would sell their souls for a drop of what courses through Jim (Dead Man) Jarmusch’s latest indie – not to mention the veins of its vampire protagonists: pure, liquid cool.

With their ever-present sunglasses and up-all-night tans, Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston are the picture of blissed-out, beautiful ruin, and two hours in their company makes you feel like you’ve been partying with history’s most legitimate (and least irritating) hipsters. They’re not trying to be Byron/Jim Morrison/James Dean (delete as appropriate); they’ve outlived all the legends to become the ultimate cultural connoisseurs: Swinton devouring books – and other things – in Tangier with John Hurt, while Hiddleston makes extraordinary snaking guitar sounds from his secret Detroit ghetto.

Bored of watching the travails of mankind (or “zombies”, as they call us) detachedly from the sidelines, Hiddleston wants out, but Swinton knows that this, too, will pass. She comes to America to comfort her paramour, and mostly the film is content to bask in their reflected glory, the camera swirling woozily around them as they recline in stoned satiety.

Neither a romance, nor a horror, although it has glowing moments of both, it’s a rich, witty mood piece you just have to sink into. Sometimes it feels like a gorgeous music video for the best band ever – Hiddleston, Swinton and John Hurt on drums. And you don’t get much cooler than that…

Time Out New York


Jarmusch has created a requiem for a way of looking at life that is being increasingly relegated to the shadows.

Total Film (UK)


A loving, very funny valentine to undead pleasures, with Swinton and Hiddleston on top form.

Empire (UK)


Haunting and idiosyncratic, Jarmusch’s vampire marriage preaches to the converted, but he’s in fine voice nonetheless.

Guardian (UK)


With its retro-chic connoisseurship and analogue era rock, this is a brilliant haute-hippy homage.

Variety (USA)


A sweet but slight love story about world-weary hipster bloodsuckers.

Sydney Morning Herald


Slow in pace and fittingly cold to the touch. Jarmusch's anti-Twilight filters various themes and ideas, but they never threaten to become a cohesive plot or offer resolution.

Hollywood Reporter


An ode to hipsterism through the ages, a mainline shot of cool and a playful tribute to artistic fetishism.

New York Times


Slow-burn celebration of art, style and aimless conversation. Among Mr. Jarmusch’s most voluptuous movies but it is also thin and pale, and perhaps too afraid of daylight for its own good.

At The Movies (Australia)


I don't know that it all adds up to much. But hey, it's another idiosyncratic screen adventure from Jarmusch.

Greatness in modern day vampirism

What would it be like to be an average everyday vampire in today's world that had lived through and inspired centuries of human invention, evolution and history... prepare to find out in this well pieced together visual masterpiece, spellbinding on screen performances a real treat and better than i expected and my vampire genre loving expectations were high!! A must watch!!

Best love story for a long time

A photo of a moment of the life of two mate souls.

The perfection of the vampire, the purity of love, the subtle delicateness and tenderness that only absolute confidence brings... Everything in this movie is about the unsaid and balance between our lovers.

A movie I expected a lot from and which brought me far more.


I get tired of vampire movies with blood, gore and exploding passions. This movie is so refreshing with two very old and very wise vampires observing and becoming disturbingly affected by the decay they see around them. It is deeply romantic with regard to the strong bond shared between the two leads, and also the mystical link amongst their kin. I love the performance of Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston - they both looked so appetising! :D




See it !

I have four names for you: Jim Jarmusch, Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, John Hurt ... those are enough reasons to go and see the film in my opinion.

The soundtrack is amazing, the sets and costumes stunning, the acting impeccable and the commentary on mankind is simply spot on. If that's not enough, it is also quite funny ... I loved this film.

Jim Jammage

Funnier than expected, though oozing as much laconic cool as one could predict, Only Lovers Left Alive offers up a great take on hipster vampires for whom underground is more an attitude than somewhere to have a kip. Jarmusch's own music soundtracks much of the film, so it's no surprise that there's a bit of guitar porn and msuing on creativity along with the droll humour and lovingly shot beautiful decay.

Jarmusch at his best

Yes, the pace is slow and there is a lack of much in the way of action, so this movie is not for everyone. However, it's got a real vibe to it - great acting, great dialogue, beautifully shot, interesting locations etc. If you've got the attention span for it then, as with of of Jim Jarmusch's best work, it's like going on an interesting journey. Highly recommended.

Beautiful, and not just Tom Hiddleston.

Beautifully, beautifully shot from start to finish - this is one of those films that was so visually stunning you actually found your eyes searching to the edge of the shot to take it all in. A bleak, yet darkly amusing look at what vampirism might 'really' be - a difficult addiction, or perhaps a depressingly long and arduous decline of the things you love the most. Hiddleston and Swinton are both fantastic, and you come away thinking that this is not only one of the best vampire movies you'll see in a long time, but a film so uniquely interesting that it's hard not to recommend it in general. There might not be much to it, but this is worth it for the sights and sounds alone.

Laconic arty movie

I found the pace and nothing much happening dreary and mildly draining.

Blood, Tom Hiddleston, and rad guitars

Only Lovers Left Alive was to me, a nice antidote to the hideous Twilight Saga which has plagued us all in one way or another, whether it was hearing the tweens of 2010 (I admit, I was one), talking about how Vampires were sparkly and filled with teen angst, or actually getting dragged along to one the atrocities and having to sit there, gagging down shame for what has happened to one of fantasies scariest monsters. Thank God for Jim Jarmusch.

Only Lovers Left Alive captured it's audiences with its alluring, dark and beautiful music (courtesy of Tom Hiddleston and his sweet-as guitars - oh, and the composer Jozef van Wissem) and its chic and haunting shots of Detroit at night. The chemistry of two deeply in love Vampires (Tilda Swinton is just the best thing ever, in this and in every film she does), who's tortured journey through a world taken over by careless humans matches the bitter-sweetness of the blood they drink, and both depresses and dizzies them, along us fellow audience members. The costumes were perfect (Mia Wasikowska's dresses make me want to die, so I can be a vampire and wear them too), the acting was perfect, and the locations and shots were perfect.

A hauntingly beautiful, must see Vampire film.

Beautifully Strange

Its one of those films that tickles that strange and obscure bone of mine. It was a refreshingly different take on vampires after the recent outbreak of films, shows and books aimed at young adults. The actors were fantastic and the music sublime. It will be one of those films I will have in my collection to relax and enjoy on a bleak rainy day.