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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 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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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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Tilda Swinton and Sir John Hurt appeared in Snowpiercer (2013). See more »

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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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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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We don't get smarter as we age.
6 July 2014 | by voyou-703-655350See all my reviews

Adam, the main character, is a perfect example: A centuries old whiny, pretentious, moronic junkie who understands nothing, unless it's related to machines. He doesn't move, doesn't interact, doesn't do, share, teach or learn anything, and yet he calls us zombies. Does he have no mirrors, or no reflection, or what ? He complains that Man has poisoned even his own blood... Well newsflash, moron: There's a good chance that was achieved on purpose, to get rid of you.

Alas, my title seems to apply to Jim Jarmush as well. I enjoyed his early work, loved Mystery Train, loved Dead Man, loved parts of Night on Earth, and other pieces, but recent works have displayed the signs of senility. OLLA is not as bad as the one with de Bankole carrying is matchbox around, but it's pretty close.

Vampire movies have been a bore for decades, only to be surpassed in not-agaaaain! factor by zombie movies this century. Yet, once a year or two, someone creates something good out of these old pots, so I cannot ignore the genre completely. Such a good thing OLLA is certainly not. It's 2 hours of vacuum.

One thing that disappoints me most is the lack of cleverness at any level, because apparently there were thoughts put into the story. For instance, who still wears the same clothes they wore 30 years ago ? In OLLA, they do it for 300 at least. Because that's how Hollywood identifies old immortal characters: they haven't changed, they won't evolve. And of course they have befriended all the famous people of the time at some point.

I went all the empty way to the end of OLLA carried by the magnificent Tilda Swinton, despite her irritating idiosyncrasies such as being incapable of naming a life form by its vernacular. I won't do it again.

This is the kind of film from which you can extract an endless list of stupid details, about pseudo-science, aging, psychology, geography, addiction, air travel... well I'm too lazy to do the endless part. To make it worse, it's the kind of film where nothing interesting ever happens. Sorry, where nothing period happens, if you'd allow me to put the period there. And to top it all, the music is painfully awful. At least most of it, when it is related to the whiny, pretentious, moronic, centuries-old failed composer.


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