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Review of "ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE"
By Jayne Waterford
Copyrighted © Jayne Waterford, 2014. Revised 14th May 2014 Revised 14th May 2014 Revised 14th May 2014 Revised 2nd January 2015
REVIEW: "ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE" by Jayne Waterford

Very accessible, enjoyable, sophisticated vampire movie. Tilda Swinton is fabulous as Eve.

Anne Rice's Lestatt on LSD? I think not.

In "ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE" (2013) Jim Jarmusch gives us vampires that are vulnerable, still human. They aren't the metal receptacles of compassion of Stephanie Meyer's final TWILIGHT and they are very, very cautious. We are with them as they move through their day, put a record... on. Jarmusch has time to spend.

They spend a lot of dialogue dropping names which is kind of brave as we stay with them and reminisce rather than jump in the time machine of memory and revisit experiences. Our vampires have perfected presence, focus, living in the gong of the star, the great now. They spend a lot of time sitting stock still and being expressionless or making absurd assertions about Marlowe (John Hurt), who was shit in comparison to Shakespeare. His Faust was panto matinee at best.

But then in those moments when they seem afflicted with ennui, drenched in inactivity, inert with a single

sensation. I found myself thinking about them and only them during those times. It was very vampire.

Detroit as a location was a stroke of genius and Yelchin plays a splendid patsy. Gosh Tom Hiddleston is tall. He seems to get taller.

There is a rye piss taking of suave in this story. It's like Jarmusch is leaving a door open a crack for Buffy. It's a note sounded from the performance of Ada (Wasikowska) on. She is so light, so without self-knowledge, so devoid of insight that we are forced up for air and into the gossamer of comedy genre.

Adam (Hiddlestone) showed moments of showy physical ability but the vampiricness of our group was more ensconced in the story after the fairytale magic of Neil Gaiman's work. There was no exposition surrounding it, as there wouldn't be. But then our creatures are fully formed. They have been in the life for hundreds of years. They mention turning people every now and again but there are no new young ones coming through, no one to explain things to.

Blood is junk. They get high on very small portions, remain as thin as those from the time of heroin chice. They hang out. Marlowe's fate is sad, and their predicament is difficult... 8/10
Copyrighted ©: Jayne Waterford, 2014.

Jim Jarmusch's
"ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE" (2013)
Director Jim Jarmusch
Producers Jeremy Thomas & Reinhard Brundig
Stars Tilda Swinton (Eve) Tom Hiddleston (Adam), Mia Wasikowska (Ava) & John Hurt (Marlowe)
Release Date 17th April 2014
Category Drama
Running Time 123 minutes (2 hours, 3 minutes)
Rating M
Origin USA
Awards In Competition Cannes Film Festival 2013 Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival 2013 Official Selection New York Film Festival 2013 Official Selection Sundance Film Festival 2014 Official Selection London Film Festival 2013 Official Selection New Zealand International Film Festival 2013 Official Competition Adelaide Film Festival 2013 Official Selection Canberra Film Festival 2013 Official Selection Brisbane Film Festival 2013
Coda No

Distributor MADMAN ENTERTAINMENT
Official Blurb "Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangiers, an underground musician, Adam (Tom Hiddleston), deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover, Eve (Tilda Swinton).

Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister, Ava (Mia Wasikowska).

Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them?" - MADMAN ENTERTAINMENT PR

"Director’s Statement

"ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE" is an unconventional love story between a man and a woman, Adam and Eve. (My script was partially inspired by the last book published by Mark Twain: The Diaries of Adam and Eve -- though no direct reference to the book is made other than the character’s names.) These two lovers are archetypal outsiders, classic bohemians, extremely intelligent and sophisticated -- yet still in full possession of their animal instincts. They have traveled the world and experienced many remarkable things, always inhabiting the shadowed margins of society. And, like their own love story, their particular

perspective on human history spans centuries -- because they happen to be vampires.

But this is not your usual vampire story. Set in the very distinct cities of Detroit and Tangier, and taking place almost entirely at night, Adam and Eve must have human blood to survive. But they now live in the world of the 21st century where biting the neck of a stranger would be reckless and regressive -- for survival, they must be certain the blood that sustains them is pure and free of disease or contamination. And, almost like shadows, they have learned long ago to deftly avoid the attention of any authorities.

For our fi lm, the vampire is a resonant metaphor -- a way to frame the deeper intentions of the story. This is a love story, but also the story of two exceptional outsiders who, given their unusual circumstances, have a vast overview of human and natural history, including stunning achievements and tragic and brutal failures. Adam and Eve are themselves metaphors for the present state of human life -- they are fragile and endangered, susceptible to natural forces, and to the shortsighted behavior of those in power." - Director Jim Jarmusch

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Tom Hiddleseton as Adam in Jim Jarmusch's
"ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE" (2013)
Eve (Swinton) & Adam (Tom Hiddleston) in Jim Jarmusch's
"ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE" (2013).
Eve (Swinton) & Marlowe (John Hurt) in Jim Jarmusch's
"ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE" (2013).