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Leslie Felperin wrote in the Cannes review for Variety: “Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston have empathic chemistry as the leads, and the pic is a smidge more commercial than Jarmusch’s meandering previous effort, ‘The Limits of Control.’ But it still feels like an in-joke intended only for select acolytes, »
- Dave McNary
Did somebody make it a rule that every director has to do a vampire movie at some point? If so, Jim Jarmusch got the memo, and he tweaks the genre slightly in “Only Lovers Left Alive” to fit his own laid-back vibe, turning in a sweet but slight love story about world-weary hipster bloodsuckers. Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston have empathic chemistry as the leads, and the pic (acquired by Sony Classics at Cannes) is a smidge more commercial than Jarmusch’s meandering previous effort, “The Limits of Control.” But it still feels like an in-joke intended only for select acolytes, who will probably love it with an undying passion.
The end credits mention Jarmusch’s longtime partner, Sara Driver, for “instigation and inspiration,” and indeed the film feels a bit like a quirky, fitfully touching love letter from one aging punk to another. Slightly upending the conventions of the »
- Leslie Felperin
From the very first opening titles, written in a Germanic font that immediately conjures everything from “Triumph of the Will” to images of big-busted ladies screaming in campy close-up in 1970s cheapie horrors (it may be the only time in Cannes that a film got a big laugh for a typeface) it’s perfectly clear that the Jim Jarmusch in whose company we’re about to spend a couple of hours is not the wilfully obscure surrealist of “The Limits of Control,” nor the considered, melancholic philosopher behind “Dead Man,” nor even the oddball ragtag troubadour of “Down By Law." In fact, “Only Lovers Left Alive,” Jarmusch’s take on the vampire myth starring recent muse Tilda Swinton and Tom “fast becoming everyone’s favorite actor” Hiddleston, finds the maverick filmmaker on playful, referential and mischievous form with hugely enjoyable, if not exactly weighty or important, results. It’s an offbeat, »
- Jessica Kiang
Jim Jarmusch's vampire film puts an original spin on a well-worn genre, but there's something unavoidably studenty about its fascination with muso philosophising and retro cool
At one moment in Jim Jarmusch's new movie, Tilda Swinton's character points to the night sky and says: "There's a diamond up there the size of a planet. It emits the music of a gigantic gong." Jarmusch, on the hand, emits movies as if he has been smoking a gigantic bong. Only Lovers Left Alive is an indulgent, eccentric midnight movie with a great deal of muso musing about vinyl and guitars and cool retro stuff. If there was a prize at Cannes for Most Studenty Film, this would absolutely walk off with it. We flit with bat-like swiftness from Tangier to Detroit and back to Tangier, as the story unfolds: the deadpan-funny tale of beautiful vampire creatures, exquisite aesthetes with fastidious tastes, »
- Peter Bradshaw
At the midpoint of the Cannes Film Festival 2013, an exciting range of films – both big and small – have already been screened. The festival opened with Baz Luhrmann’s new adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and other works shown so far include Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring and Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station.
In competition for the Palme d’Or is Jim Jarmusch’s vampire drama Only Lovers Left Alive, a modern vampire romance that sets out to examine the nature of humanity through the eyes of people who lived for centuries, which marks the director’s first film release since 2009′s uneventful The Limits of Control.
Jarmusch’s film was a late addition to the Cannes 2013 selection, but an official pressbook has now been released that is full of stills, plot details, and character descriptions. In particular, it contains a detailed synopsis and a director »
- H. Shaw-Williams
Gist: A story centered on two vampires who have been in love for centuries, the story follows Adam (Tom Hiddleston), an underground musician who reunites with his centuries-old lover (Tilda Swinton) after he becomes depressed and tired with the direction human society has taken. Their love is interrupted and tested by her wild and uncontrollable little sister (Mia Wasikowska).
Prediction: After a successful string of unveilings in Cannes culminated in a Grand Prix award for Broken Flowers in 2005, Jarmusch opted to bypass the festival circuit with his last feature, the perhaps auto-critically titled The Limits of Control, which oddly opened in Us theatres just days before Cannes’ opening night. Was it a lack of confidence in the project, or a break from the rigor of festival Bs? Will he continue to skip Cannes for regular theatrical premieres? Considering the star-power, Only Lovers Left Alive »
- Blake Williams
It’s not his birthday, he didn’t die (at least not when this was written), and he doesn’t have a new movie out, but gosh darn it – let’s talk Bill Murray. He is, as we all know, the best person. Today I wanted to try and find some more roles in the vein of The Razor’s Edge; just some odd, maybe funny/maybe not characters he’s played over the years that we all may have missed out on. My goal here: to give you, at the very least, one Bill Murray role you didn’t know about, but would now really like to watch. Here we go… 10. Bill Murray The K & Man On The Street in All You Need is Cash/Mr. Mike’s Mondo Video As a performance, there’s nothing too out of the ordinary here; it’s just Murray screaming and being Murray-like. That »
- David Christopher Bell
By any measure, Christopher Doyle is one of the greatest cinematographers in the business, a painter of light whose career will always be defined by his woozily gorgeous collaborations with Wong Kar-wai ("In the Mood for Love," "2046"), but who has also done remarkable work for such auteurs as Zhang Yimou ("Hero"), Gus van Sant ("Paranoid Park") and Jim Jarmusch ("The Limits of Control"). But while the Australian-born artist has been showered awards by everyone from Us critics' groups to the Cannes Film Festival, he has never been nominated by the Academy's cinematographers' branch. And that looks unlikely to change after »
- Guy Lodge
Now that vampires have permeated the mainstream cinematic landscape with The Twilight Saga, it's time to see what independent filmmakers can do with the genre, hopefully without those glittery faces. Heralded director Jim Jarmusch (Ghost Dog: The Way of The Samurai, The Limits of Control) is making his (bite) mark on the vampire tradition with Only Lovers Left Alive, which does not have a release date or a distributor in place yet. Tom Hiddleston stars as Adam, a musician who reunites with his long-lost lover from centuries ago, Eve (Tilda Swinton), although their reunion gets disrupted by Eve's rowdy sister (Mia Wasikowska). The first photo from this indie drama has debuted, featuring Adam embracing Eve, with both of them wearing shades to protect themselves from that nasty sun. Check out the photo, and stay tuned for any further news regarding Only Lovers Left Alive.
Only Lovers Left Alive comes to »
Director/Writer: Jim Jarmusch
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Jarmusch redefined the samurai film with Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, so now the question is, can he do the same with the vampire film? The Limits of Control was a forgettable oddity, this on paper remains a mystery and unfortunately the genre has been overcooked….but an impenetrable, commanding performance from Tilda Swinton is almost a given.
Gist: A story centered on two vampires who have been in love for centuries. The story follows Adam (Tom Hiddleston), an underground musician reunites with his centuries-old lover (Tilda Swinton) after he becomes depressed and tired with the direction human society has taken. Their love is interrupted and tested by her wild and uncontrollable little sister (Mia Wasikowska).
- Eric Lavallee
10 items from 2013
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