Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangiers, an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister. Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them?Written by
Tom Hiddleston (Adam) and Tilda Swinton (Eve) went to school with a member of the Royal family: Tom attended Eton College in Berkshire with Prince William, while Tilda attended West Heath Girls' School in Kent with Princess Diana. Also, Tom's cousin is Tamara Vestey, who famously was linked romantically to Prince William back in the late 90s. Tamara's father (and another cousin of Tom's) is also a close friend of Prince Charles, and is also Prince Harry's godfather. 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 »
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Written by May Ambruster and Peny Duc
Performed by Hot Blood
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A beautifully understated take on the saturated Vampire subgenre
From the moment I heard that Jim Jarmusch was working on a vampire film I was intrigued and was desperate to see what the result would be. It did not disappoint for a second.
Enchantingly atmospheric, it centres around Adam and Eve, two age-old vampires whose marriage has endured centuries of humanity's slap-dash efforts at building worthwhile civilisations.
It strikes a very unusual tone for a film in this genre, although fans of Jarmusch will be used to a certain amount of genre-straddling and refusal to make easily pigeon-holed films. Don't come into this expecting a plot driven film, or especially not a CGI gore-fest akin to a lot of the lazily produced horror/fantasy material that seems so abundant at the moment. The focus is much more on creating an authentic feel and intriguing characters. Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton are virtually infallible in convincingly playing world-weary characters who have lived through plagues, inquisitions and the development of a flawed modern society.
Mia Wasikowska's arrival as Eve's volatile sister Ava is foreseen with a palpable sense of foreboding, providing an uneasy counterpart to Adam and Eve's relative level-headedness, and steps up the stakes for the final act.
John Hurt also deserves a mention for his typically assured and accomplished performance, albeit in a relatively small part.
Overall, an extremely adept piece of filmmaking, which has revitalised a genre which I, for one, was about ready to call time on.
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