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Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

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A depressed musician reunites with his lover, though their romance - which has already endured several centuries - is disrupted by the arrival of her uncontrollable younger sister.

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Adam (Tom Hiddleston), an underground musician, reunites with his lover for centuries (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). Written by lo_watson

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25 December 2013 (Germany)  »

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Sólo los amantes sobreviven  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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$87,989 (USA) (11 April 2014)

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$1,879,534 (USA) (12 September 2014)
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Contrary to most viewers' assumption, Jim Jarmusch did not name the two main characters directly after the Adam and Eve of the Bible; rather, he was referring to Mark Twain's satirical work "The Diaries of Adam and Eve," which has rarely been published in its complete form. Jarmusch told a Hollywood Reporter interviewer that "it wasn't until shooting the film that I realized everyone's first impression will be the biblical reference. Whoops. It's too late now. What can I do?" Twain's is one of the faces visible on Adam's wall of framed portraits in the movie. See more »

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When Adam returns from obtaining blood from Dr. Watson, Eve has discovered the gun with the wooden bullet. Adam handles the doctor's bag as if it were empty rather than containing several cylinders of blood. See more »

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Ava: [after she has drained Ian of blood] Oh, I didn't mean to, he was just so cute. And now I feel sick.
Eve: What do you expect, he's from the fucking music industry!
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A waste of celluloid... Jarmusch should be ashamed of himself.
9 March 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is the worst movie I've ever seen, and I've seen The Room *and* Plan 9 From Outer Space.

What can I say? This isn't just a bad film, this is the worst film ever made. The characters are unsympathetic, the plot hackneyed and boring, the pace glacial. It's a love story about two vampires who care about the environment and human rights, or something. Even the soundtrack is terrible.

This film manages to cram in every clichè from every bad vampire movie ever made. Adam and Eve (no, really) spend their immortal centuries whining about the environment and "zombies" (ie, humans), name dropping all the famous people they've met throughout history, and hanging out in undiscovered hipster paradises Detroit and Tangiers while scoffing hospital blood (because, among other things, fresh human blood is too "contaminated"). Oh, and they wear sunglasses at night and wear gloves all the time, no doubt 'cause they're so, like, sensitive and stuff.

The action, like the plot is almost non-existent - if you took out all the self-indulgent, lingering shots of their dilapidated houses and cities and uninteresting conversations that go nowhere you would have perhaps 20 minutes of footage, at the most. A warning: It manages to look like it might become interesting if you give it ten more minutes for most of the film, and there is an almost interesting bit in the middle - but it's not worth it. This is two hours of your life that you will never, ever get back. I don't care who he is, Jarmusch should be ashamed of himself.


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