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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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Jim Jarmusch

Writers:

Jim Jarmusch, Marion Bessay (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tilda Swinton ... Eve
Tom Hiddleston ... Adam
Anton Yelchin ... Ian
Mia Wasikowska ... Ava
Jeffrey Wright ... Dr. Watson
Slimane Dazi ... Bilal
John Hurt ... Christopher Marlowe
Carter Logan ... Scott
Aurélie Thépaut ... Flight Attendant
Ali Amine ... Taxi Driver, Detroit
Dave W. ... White Hills
Ego Sensation ... White Hills
Nick Name ... White Hills
Fouad El Achaari Fouad El Achaari ... Man on Street, Tangier
Hawchi Mustapha Hawchi Mustapha ... Man on Street, Tangier
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Storyline

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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Cool people never die


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

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Release Date:

25 December 2013 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Sólo los amantes sobreviven See more »

Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton would both go on to be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tom as Loki in Thor and Tilda as The Ancient One in Doctor Strange. Both would then go to play these respective characters in Avengers: Endgame (2019) but share no scenes or lines together. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Adam: Please, feel free to piss in my garden.
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Soundtracks

Red Eyes And Tears
Written by Robert Turner (as Robert Been), Peter Hayes and Nick Jago (as Nicholas Jago)
Performed by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Courtesy of Virgin Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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There's really nothing new anyone can say about vampires, not even Jim Jarmusch, but this is still a fairly entertaining movie
4 May 2014 | by zetesSee all my reviews

This has been heralded as a return to form for Jarmusch but, frankly, I liked his last two films a lot better. The big problem here is that there is absolutely nothing left to say about Vampires. Jarmusch just uses the genre to create a gorgeous mood piece, but it's hard to deny the fact that we've seen it all before. Really, the plot here is almost identical to Xan Cassavetes' 2012 film Kiss of the Damned. Much like that film, Only Lovers Left Alive tries to spice of the genre with artiness, and it succeeds (as did Kiss of the Damned) up to a point. Really, Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston are so engaging the film comes off pretty good. Swinton's awesome hairdo alone makes the film worth watching. I am a little perturbed that Jarmusch glamorizes heroin chic in this film - the vampires are very rock-star like and, when they drink blood, it's depicted very much like heroin use. And it's depicted quite romantically. Tom Hiddleston's music even sounds like The Velvet Underground (I found it hilarious when characters tell him how brilliant his work is). The film co-stars John Hurt, Anton Yelchin, Mia Wasikowska and Jeffrey Wright. Wright's scenes with Hiddleston are by far the highlight of the film.


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