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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.


Neil Jordan


Moira Buffini (screenplay), Moira Buffini (play)
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2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Saoirse Ronan ... Eleanor
Barry Cassin Barry Cassin ... Robert Fowlds
Gemma Arterton ... Clara
David Heap David Heap ... Lap Dancing Client
Warren Brown ... Gareth
Ruby Snape ... Wendy
Thure Lindhardt ... Werner
Jenny Kavanagh Jenny Kavanagh ... Barmaid
Glenn Doherty Glenn Doherty ... Steve
Edyta Budnik ... Nadia
Gabriela Marcinková ... Anya
Caleb Landry Jones ... Frank
Daniel Mays ... Noel
Uri Gavriel ... Savella
Sam Riley ... Darvell


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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UK | USA | Ireland



Release Date:

31 May 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vampire Story See more »


Box Office


£8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,643, 30 June 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$84,293, 4 August 2013
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Neil Jordan considered his frequent collaborator Stephen Rea to play Savella, but Rea was busy and Jordan had taken a strong liking the presence and voice of Uri Gavriel and cast him instead. See more »


When Carla is about to perform oral sex on Noel at the carnival she only manages to unbuckle his belt before he interrupts her, in the following shots his pants are around his ankles. See more »


[first lines]
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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The Coventry Carol
Performed by London Voices
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Best vampire flick since Let the right one in
28 December 2013 | by OJTSee all my reviews

This poster drew me to this film. Not the poster shown here on IMDb, but the colorful green, yellow and red which are used other places. I wasn't expecting too much, but was surprise ad when I saw the casting, and that it was a Neil Jordan-flick. I've admired Jordan since I saw The Crying Game.

This story reminds me quite a bit about the Swedish "Låt den retta komma in" ("Let the right one in"). It has the right realism which made the the Swedish film so special, and the same coloring tone. The scenery in the beautiful harbor tine of Hastings are perfect, and it really made me want to visit there, which I will, most certainly. Combined with the Dickens inspired older sessions in the movie.

If there were justice in this works, this would have had the success of "Twilight", or rather instead of. It's very British, stylish, bleak, beautiful, and the casting is simply perfect, like it seems in all British films.

The idea is simply brilliant, and I love the idea of vampires running a brothel, as well as the depth of the longing for a different life. It's desperate.

Saoirse Ronan is once again electric, and the third film I've seen in a short time with Caleb Landry Jones (both fabulous, "Antiviral" and "Contraband") convinces me he is a big star in the making. Gemma Atherton is perfect.

I found the storytelling excellent, and I was very entertained all way through, though this isn't really my type of story. I think the ancient part of the story is good, but I think the red bloody waterfall is a bit over the top, and also slows the story and the believability. But otherwise this is grand film making.

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