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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Slimane Dazi ...
Carter Logan ...
Aurelie Thepaut ...
Flight Attendant (as Aurélie Thépaut)
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


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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Rated R for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 2013 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Sólo los amantes sobreviven  »

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Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$1,879,534 (USA) (12 September 2014)

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Did You Know?


The band White Hills seen live in the film has a song called "Let The Right One In" on their self titled 2010 album. Let the Right One In (2008) is another vampire movie. See more »


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 »


Adam: Please, feel free to piss in my garden.
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Referenced in Top Gear: Episode #21.2 (2014) See more »


Co-published by Kwaidan Publishing.
Composed, Written, Produced and Performed by Yasmine Hamdan
Licensed courtesy of Kwaidan Records
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Hip, smart and funny
16 February 2014 | by (Derry, Ireland) – See all my reviews

Jim Jarmusch's delicious new comedy is a vampire movie unlike any other. It's set in the present but forget those "Twilight" sagas; these are vampires for the art-house crowd, smart, funny and yes, sexy creatures of the night, (the whole film takes place at night; there isn't a single shot in daylight), and I was crazy about them. Indeed Jarmusch has fashioned a masterpiece about a couple of lonely people whose only solace is each other, doomed if you like to be together for all eternity or until one of them gets a stake or a wooden bullet in the heart or drinks some 'bad blood'; (I loved the subtle AIDS metaphor; be careful who you bite). Adam, (tall, dark and sexy Tom Hiddleston), and Eve, (a mesmerizing Tilda Swinton), have been married to each other, several times it would appear, over the centuries but living separate lives, he in Detroit as a reclusive musician, she in Tangier where she has another old vampire for a friend. He is Christopher Marlowe, (yes that Christopher Marlowe), and he's played by John Hurt with a twinkle in his eye. It's when Eve visits Adam in Detroit, flying by night, (in a plane; what did you expect - bat-wings?), that all hell breaks loose in the shapely form of Eve's sexy sister, (a terrific Mia Wasikowska), who can't keep her fangs to herself. As you would expect from Jarmusch this is funny, intelligent and off-the-wall. Hiddleston proves to be a highly dapper comedian while Swinton is superb as Eve, getting all she can out of a life she knows is going to go on forever. Unmissable.

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