Vampires Arrive in Only Lovers Left Alive


We LOVE vampires and director Jim Jarmusch’s latest film Only Lovers Left Alive, focuses on two creatures, named Adam and Eve — played by Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton, respectively. Only Lovers is the story of a depressed musician who reunites with her lover only to have their centuries-old romance disrupted by the arrival of her uncontrollable younger sister. Intelligent but indolent, Adam and Eve no longer hunt; instead, they sip hemoglobin slipped from hospitals, and decry the mess the stupid “zombies” — that’s us, actually — have made of the world. Carefully balancing heart, soul, melancholia and humor, Only Lovers Left Alive evinces great humanity, both with a wonder for all that humankind has created, and a lament for everything culture seems to now have disregarded. And it’s a romance, too, with two opposite characters—one a suicidal musician, the other a more hopeful and inquisitive person—who have lived and absorbed an eternity of civilization. It’s a layered piece of work both deeply observant, richly comedic and hauntingly atmospheric.


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