Movie Lover – Only Lovers Left Alive


September 22, 2014 by rachelcmann

Holy crap did I love this film. And I do mean film rather than movie. It’s slow, almost nothing happens and it’s be-a-u-tiful.

Tilda Swinton is beautiful and perfect and eerie. Tom Hiddleston is broody and handsome and melancholy. Together, they are ancient vampires living on opposite sides of the world despite their deep and unending love for each other. (I was never really clear on why they lived apart, does anyone know?)

When Adam (Hiddleston) wants to end his immortal life, Eve (Swinton) swoops in to Detroit to raise his spirits and keep him going. There is (apparently) some sort of blood shortage because people are so full of toxins or something (again, not 100% clear on the back story) but these are moral vamps who don’t eat and kill people choosing to feed from blood banks etc. Swintons sister (also a vamp, played by Mia Wasikowska) shows up to wreak a little havoc and ends up killing Adam’s friend/supplier/only connection to the outside world. They flee back to Tangiers where Eve has been living and immediately run into an issue when Eve’s ancient friend and supplier is also almost dead. No spoiler on the ending!

This movie has great if somewhat incomplete mythology and a wonderful twist on traditional vampire stories. I want to watch it again! I also want to go to Morocco…

One thought on “Movie Lover – Only Lovers Left Alive

  1. […] Only Lovers Left Alive – The cinematography, the subtle acting, the lighting, the story, the everything. It’s indie film done well and done right. It’s not for everyone but if you love film for the sake of film definitely check it out.(see earlier longer review) […]

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I'm Rachel and I'm a geek. A nerd. A dork. Like most of us, I enjoy and consume a LOT of pop culture. This is my blog about things I like that I think you will like too.

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