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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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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 USA:

$87,989, 13 April 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,879,534, 12 September 2014

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1.85 : 1
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One of the books, that Eve packs for her trip to Detroit, is a catalogue of Jean Michel Basquiat's work. Jeffrey Wright (Dr. Watson) played the title character in Basquiat (1996). See more »


Dr. Watson makes a comment about the stethoscope around Adam's neck. The ear pieces are hanging on Adam's left side. In the shot in the hallway, the stethoscope is now hanging with the ear pieces on his right side. See more »


Adam: Please, feel free to piss in my garden.
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Featured in Film '72: Episode dated 19 February 2014 (2014) See more »


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Written by May Ambruster and Peny Duc
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Rock n Roll Vampires
16 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

One knows that a Jim Jarmusch movie about vampires is not going to be like any other vampire film. In fact it would be unkind to class this as a vampire movie. Only Lovers Left Alive is a highly stylized and atmospheric film bemoaning the passing of the great rock n roll and Hippy era. Here we have a vampire couple (Swinton & Hiddleston - both excellent and perfectly cast) living an isolated life in an abandoned house in Detroit, USA. Hiddleston used to be a famous rock n roll artist who has become a recluse collecting old guitars and records. They survive by purchasing blood samples from a corrupt doctor. We also have one of their old vampire friends (John Hurt) living in Tangiers where the blood is specially pure. Things take an unexpected turn when Swinton's mischievous sister (Mia Wasikowska) visits them. Only Lovers Left Alive has cult film written all over it. The music is great too and blends perfectly with the atmosphere. Essential for Jarmusch fans and recommended to others too!

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