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
When Eve exits the cab at Adam's apartment a Striped Skunk crosses her path and she whispers, "Mephitis mephitis." Mephitis mephitis is the binomial species name of the Striped Skunk. See more »
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Written by Pat Jabbar & Abdelaziz Lamari
Performed by Kasbah Rockers
Courtesy of Barraka El Farnatshi Prod. See more »
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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