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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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... Eleanor
Barry Cassin ... Robert Fowlds
... Clara
David Heap ... Lap Dancing Client
... Gareth
... Wendy
... Werner
Jenny Kavanagh ... Barmaid
Glenn Doherty ... Steve
... Nadia
... Anya
... Frank
... Noel
... Savella
... Darvell
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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

Gross USA:

$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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Carla is wearing high heels when she is at the strip club performing, when Werner finds her and hunts her down and a chase ensues she is suddenly wearing sneakers. 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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Clair De Lune
Written by Claude Debussy
Performed by Patricia Loveland
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For Fans Of good storytelling - Not For Dracula Fans
9 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

Really enjoyed this film although I was a bit lost for the first half hour or so as I was expecting something quite different than this film delivered however as the "Story" unfolds at a fairly slow pace you feel quite drawn to the two leading characters "Eleanor and Clara" and at this time I would like to mention I was quite impressed with the acting of these two ladies Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton as compared to other films I have seen them in. This film is not easily compared to anything else that I can think of as it is not Quite a Horror film or really a Vampire film, but the thing I found I kept forgetting it was Just A Story and not "Real" as the film was very well presented in the quality of the acting and filming techniques gave it "Reality" feel. I am avoiding too much of the Detail as I believe you are better off not knowing too much about it, if you like a good quality film with a good story line that is not quite about Vampires. For those that may have the usual questions,the "Blood and Guts" are very minimal as is vision of any nudity.My best description is that it is a Love story of a parent for a child.I gave this an 8 as I feel it is a better film than the current rating suggests.......


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