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.


Jim Jarmusch


Jim Jarmusch, Marion Bessay (adaptation)
2,501 ( 208)
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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


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 HanWay Films

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Cool people never die

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Adam: Look at what she did to my Gibson.
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References The Limits of Control (2009) See more »


Written by Pat Jabbar & Abdelaziz Lamari
Performed by Kasbah Rockers
Courtesy of Barraka El Farnatshi Prod.
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A beautifully understated take on the saturated Vampire subgenre
16 July 2014 | by paulbryan2007See all my reviews

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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Release Date:

25 December 2013 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Only Lovers Left Alive See more »

Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA See more »


Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$87,989, 13 April 2014

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