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

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25 December 2013 (Germany)  »

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Sólo los amantes sobreviven  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$87,989, 13 April 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,879,534, 12 September 2014

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,609,187
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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 »

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There is no way to get from the USA (Detroit or Chicago) to Spain (Madrid) only flying at night. The flight will take at least 8 hours and will cross 5 time-zones into the east towards sunrise. So night would take at least 13 hours. 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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The Taste Of Blood
By Jozef van Wissem & Sqürl
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hollow shells
17 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

Wonderful imagery. style and atmosphere in the extreme. great acting. Beauty in many forms: you get a lot for your eyes. Also, depending on your taste in music, there is also a lot for your ears.

For your brain, sadly, not as much.

"Only lovers left alive" is filled with a lot of name-dropping, by word, picture and sometimes sound. Whether you find that fascinating or pretentious depends on your taste.

But what this movie really lacks is a story. The characters are throughout and the dialogue may be scarce, but has some dry humour and snappy lines. That doesn't save it from going nowhere. Glaring plot holes may make you cringe at times. And the pacing looks like Jarmush tried to surpass Kaurismäki in terms of slowness. If so, he won.

So perhaps this movie is best tasted in the state its protagonists enter after relishing an excellent glass of blood: dazed, blissful, and somewhat drugged.


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