Only Lovers Left Alive

Only Lovers Left Alive

DVD - 2014
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Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, the tale of two fragile and sensitive vampires. 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?
Publisher: [California], Sony Pictures Classics,, [2014]
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.43 ONL NVD
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
laser optical,rda
digital,optical,surround,5.1 Dolby digital,rda
1 videodisc (123 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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Nursebob
Sep 15, 2017

Jim Jarmusch is not among my favourite directors but this long languorous daydream, laced with melancholy and passion, is one of the hippest arthouse vampire flicks I’ve seen in some time. Those expecting the action-packed bloodbath of "From Dusk Till Dawn" or the screeching fiends of "30 Days of Night" will be sorely disappointed for Jarmusch is not out to make another monster movie. His undead are among the most literate, highly refined intelligentsia to ever walk the Earth—Adam (Tom Hiddleston) has rubbed shoulders with the likes of Lord Byron and Mary Wollstonecraft; Eve (Tilda Swinton) can read several languages at a time; Marlowe (John Hurt) is still writing even though his physical strength is waning—and all three have an uncanny affinity for flora and fauna, rattling off binomial nomenclature in flawless Latin. Fangs make a cursory appearance, blood is acquired from a lab rather than a jugular, and ghoulish behaviour is limited to a few brief yet significant scenes. As with all his productions Jarmusch likes to play with names (Eve books a night flight as “Daisy Buchanan” Adam visits the blood bank as “Dr. Faustus”) and he underlies it all with a vein of humour that runs deep and dry—pun intended. Swinton and Hiddleston are a perfect match as the eternal lovers, Hurt is a winning combination of piercing intellectual and crusty old man, and the late Anton Yelchin shows his budding talent as Adam’s longhaired metalhead gofer. A story of immortals dealing with the terrifying prospect of their own immortality told with visual flair and a great deal of dramatic restraint.

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Calvacade
Aug 30, 2017

If you're a fan of Jim Jarmusch's movies- then I would recommend this film as being up there with the best of them ( Dead Man, Strangers in Paradise, Broken Flowers, etc. ). If you're unfamiliar with Jarmusch's work then be advised that he makes sardonic, comedic art films ( which means they have a slower pace than most movies)- not necessarily a bad thing- it's like music ( sometimes it's fast, sometimes it's slow ). Arguing the film needs flashbacks is illustrative of a lack of imagination on the viewer's part. Well worth watching.

CircMary Aug 03, 2017

Indie film buffs will love this 2014 Jim Jarmusch vampire film set in Detroit, of all places! With great acting by Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston, a fantastic soundtrack that includes rockabilly great Wanda Jackson and American blues and R&B/soul singer Denise LaSalle, and its unusual storyline, you will want to watch this one again.

MomoT Jan 11, 2017

Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston are immortal vampire lovers. How did we not notice this about them earlier? This is a slow-moving and sumptuous outing, with very little in the way of gore and violence but lots of ennui and stylish brooding. Glorious.

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TheeAvebury
Sep 23, 2016

A slow, poetic, sensual look at vampires by the indie auteur Jim Jarmusch. An excellent film with a great music score.
The point of most art films is to make you think a little- must be tough for some people.

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GypzyMizzP
Aug 17, 2016

Too slow. Too dark. To boring. No good shots. No good costumes. No go hair and makeup.
What is the point to this movie?

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redwig
Jun 28, 2016

A movie for lovers. Soul-mate lovers, no less... If you have ever had a soul-mate, someone you would love for centuries, someone who, even when you are apart you always carry a piece of them with you... if you know what I am talking about then you will love this movie. And, if you don't know what I am talking about... man, that really sucks (vampire pun intended).

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hosselton
Apr 20, 2016

Retired vampires! I loved this film, the images, acting, characters, sly humor, cinematography. I will watch it again. Regret not seeing it at a theater on the big screen.

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patch666
Apr 14, 2016

Yes thinking is tough for most people. Thats why they created reality Tv. For the rest of us who believe film and music are art forms they make movies like this >> fantastic 420
But yes Michael Bay movies do have to many explosions

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thepudman
Mar 11, 2016

There aren't too many movies that I turn off, but less than 1/2 way through I was so bored I ejected it from the machine and couldn't return it to the library fast enough. Far too artsy and slow for my taste.

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