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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.

Director:

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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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There was some action in the film at first. But when Jim Jarmusch was asked to add more, he removed all of it instead. 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

Eve: How can you've lived for so long and still not get it? This self obsession is a waste of living. It could be spend in surviving things, appreciating nature, nurturing kindness and friendship, and dancing. You have been pretty lucky in love though, if I may say so.
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Referenced in Film '72: Episode dated 19 February 2014 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Gamil
Written by Mirwais Ahmadzaï, Yasmine Hamdan and Abdelouab Abrit
Performed by Y.A.S.
Courtesy of Universal Music France under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd and Les productions 50 50 by arrangement with Tora Bora Publishing
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Feels like it needs a rewatch
15 February 2014 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

This is quite the brooding, atmospheric, and quite original take on a vampire love story. Twilight compared to this? Please. I wish I'd liked it more, but I feel like I missed a lot of it in a way. It's definitely the ideal film that needs a rewatch. The two leads are great, but Swinton continues to prove why she's the best actress working in the industry at the moment. She's extremely natural, nothing comes off half-baked with her, and even in a similar role she manages to basically act circles around Hiddelston. Regardless, he's pretty good too. Wasikowska is a blast in her short screen time, and the humor is pretty well done. Beware, this is quite the slow-paced film and no doubt many will hate it.


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