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Byzantium (2012)

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Residents of a coastal town learn, with deathly consequences, the secret shared by the two mysterious women who have sought shelter at a local resort.

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Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara meets lonely Noel, who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor befriends Frank and tells him their lethal secret. They were born 200 years ago and survive on human blood. As knowledge of their secret spreads, their past catches up on them with deathly consequence. Written by Production

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Rated R for bloody violence, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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31 May 2013 (UK)  »

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A Vampire Story  »

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£8,000,000 (estimated)

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$16,643, 30 June 2013, Limited Release

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$84,293, 4 August 2013
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Saoirse Ronan actually plays Ludwig van Beethoven's complicated Piano Sonata Opus 2, No. 3, having undergone an intense 12-week crash course in piano lessons. See more »

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When Carla is about to perform oral sex on Noel at the carnival she only manages to unbuckle his belt before he interrupts her, in the following shots his pants are around his ankles. See more »

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Eleanor: My story can never be told. I write it over and over, wherever we find shelter. I write of what I cannot speak: the truth. I write all I know of it, then I throw the pages to the wind. Maybe the birds can read it.
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Featured in Vampire Reviews: Byzantium (2013) See more »

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Preludes and Fugues Op. 87 No. 2 in A Minor
Written by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performed by Simon Chamberlain
Published by permission of Boosey & Hawkes Ltd, an Imagem Company
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Please, Hollywood, take note...
7 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

... This is how to make a vampire film.

I find it difficult to fault this film. The plot is intelligent and engaging. No one is entirely black or white. The heroes are flawed and complicated, the villains, for the most part, have motivation and even sympathy. I found myself rooting for the murderous, vampiric prostitute as much for the innocent girl trapped into releasing those tired of life.

It's really two films, one set 200 hundred years ago, one in the present time, with many of the same characters and the same location, Hastings, once a fishing village, now a tired seaside resort.

The actors are very good, particularly the leads. As a resident of SE England, I recognised many of the locations. The ending was perhaps a little predictable, but still satisfying.

Don't go see this if you like your vampires to sparkle, but if you liked Let The Right One In and gritty drama, go watch it.


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