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Only Lovers Left Alive

Only Lovers Left Alive

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Director: Jim Jarmusch

Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska


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Noted indie director Jim Jarmusch directs the vampire story Only Lovers Left Alive. Tom Hiddleston stars as Adam, a bloodsucker who makes a living as a reclusive musician in Detroit. He reunites with the love of his life, Eve (Tilda Swinton), a fellow vampire who leaves


Noted indie director Jim Jarmusch directs the vampire story Only Lovers Left Alive. Tom Hiddleston stars as Adam, a bloodsucker who makes a living as a reclusive musician in Detroit. He reunites with the love of his life, Eve (Tilda Swinton), a fellow vampire who leaves her home overseas to be with him in the downtrodden Motor City. They eventually get a visit from Eve's irresponsible sister (Mia Wasikowska), who irritates Adam and eventually causes trouble with the one human -- the vampires refer to the living as zombies -- with whom the depressed music hero gets along. Only Lovers Left Alive screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Director Jim Jarmusch has settled into a phase of his career in which he keeps applying his funky, low-key sensibilities to various genres. There was a Western (Dead Man), a crime thriller (The Limits of Control), and what passes in his world for an action flick (Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai). Only Lovers Left Alive is his take on the vampire movie, and if you're at all familiar with Jarmusch's unique, deadpan aesthetic, rest assured that the film delivers exactly what you would expect. The story centers on Adam (Tom Hiddleston), a centuries-old vampire who currently resides in the very run-down city of Detroit. He makes money as a musician -- he has a devoted cult following -- and has a single human contact, the closest thing he has to a friend, who brings him supplies. He's also arranged a deal with a local doctor to make withdrawls from a blood bank; that way, he doesn't have to kill people to stay alive. Adam is initially depressed because the love of his life -- or afterlife, rather -- Eve (Tilda Swinton), has been avoiding him in Europe for the last hundred years or so. He sends word that he wants to reunite, and she soon leaves her mentor (John Hurt) and travels to the Motor City. Together, the duo mope beautifully until they are interrupted by the arrival of Eve's wild-child sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska), whom Adam hates. As is often -- though not always -- the case with Jarmusch, the plot of Only Lovers Left Alive isn't as important as the mood, the tone, and the thematic suggestions that swirl around the main characters. The movie is offbeat in the traditional sense: The rhythms are slower than you'd expect, but they never feel stilted. Jarmusch has a fondness for the goofy -- like the Biblical allusions in the protagonists' names -- that keeps this from ever becoming too straight-laced. The movie eventually evolves into a mood piece that uses the folklore of vampires as a metaphor for how human beings are living too long and using up precious resources. The film seems to be saying that all that's left are love and music, and that there are worse ways to go out as a civilization. Jarmusch shot the picture in Detroit and uses the city's lived-in, dilapidated surroundings to superb effect -- they underscore the story's elegiac themes. As corny as Jarmusch can get -- his vampires refer to humans as "zombies" -- this is not a movie played for laughs, nor is it particularly easy to warm up to. The director is more or less demanding that you meet him on his terms, but that's not a problem when he already possesses a very well-known and quickly identifiable style. Only Lovers Left Alive shows that Jarmusch's muse seems to be as eternal as Adam and Eve.

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Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Traveling at night with Jim Jarmusch; Deleted and extended scenes; Yasmine Hamdan "Hal" music video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Hiddleston Adam
Tilda Swinton Eve
Mia Wasikowska Ava
John Hurt Marlowe
Anton Yelchin Ian
Jeffrey Wright Dr. Watson
Slimane Dazi Bilal
Carter Logan Scott
Aurelie Thepaut Flight Attendant
Ali Amine Taxi Driver - Detroit
Dave W. White Hills
Ego Sensation White Hills
Nick Name White Hills
Fouad El Achaari Man on Street, Tangier
Hawchi Mustapha Man on Street, Tangier
Abdelkader Dourkan Man on Street, Tangier
Mohamed Chairi Felah Man on Street, Tangier
Bilal Chair Felah Man on Street, Tangier
Omar Raissouli Man on Street, Tangier
Yasmine Hamdan Yasmine
Marc Codsi Guitarist
Noureddine Touati Gnaoua Player
Hanane El Karni Young Moroccan Lover
Hamza Kadri Young Moroccan Lover

Technical Credits
Jim Jarmusch Director,Screenwriter
Greg Brautigan Asst. Director
Reinhard Brundig Producer
Bina Daigeler Costumes/Costume Designer
Sebastian Fahr-Brix Asst. Director
Anja Fromm Art Director
Viola Fügen Associate Producer
Viola Fügen Associate Producer
Affonso Goncalves Editor
Manuela Groh Production Manager
Alainee Kent Associate Producer
Johanna Koch Makeup Special Effects
Christos V. Konstantakopoulos Executive Producer
Drew Kunin Sound Mixer
Ellen Lewis Casting
Carter Logan Co-producer
Volker Lorig Special Effects Supervisor
Richard Mansell Associate Producer
Marco Mehlitz Co-producer
Gian-Piero Ringel Co-producer
Marco Bittner Rosser Production Designer
Yorick Le Saux Cinematographer
Anu Schwartz Art Director
Stacey Smith Executive Producer
Christine Strobl Co-producer
Jeremy Thomas Producer
Jozef VanWissem Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Only Lovers Left Alive
1. Scene 1 [7:14]
2. Scene 2 [5:49]
3. Scene 3 [7:59]
4. Scene 4 [8:34]
5. Scene 5 [7:37]
6. Scene 6 [8:31]
7. Scene 7 [9:02]
8. Scene 8 [8:42]
9. Scene 9 [7:01]
10. Scene 10 [4:37]
11. Scene 11 [8:04]
12. Scene 12 [8:50]
13. Scenec13 [6:20]
14. Scene 14 [6:54]
15. Scene 15 [6:22]
16. Scene 16 [11:20]


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Only Lovers Left Alive 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Acirerica More than 1 year ago
Refreshingly original. Head and shoulders above any other vampire flick. The long-lived protagonists are compassionate, extremely talented individuals with more humanity than the "zombies" that they speak of. The Adam and Eve mythos is touched upon and made clear (with a wonderful shot of them in repose), but not overtly so. All in all, if you have a fondness for vampire flicks without all the campy violence that most have, you will love this movie. It is definitely a film that I will buy and watch again and again.