TBT Review: “Only Lovers Left Alive” directed and written by Jim Jarmusch (2013)

"Only Lovers Left Alive" directed by Jim Jarmusch
"Only Lovers Left Alive" directed by Jim Jarmusch
“Only Lovers Left Alive” directed by Jim Jarmusch

Only Lovers Left Alive is without a doubt one of the best films of 2013, and director Jim Jarmousch’s best work in a long line of amazing projects. Essentially a fantastic love story between two vampires, and filmed in two very contradictory locations, Detroit and Tangier, this film is perfectly cast with Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston in the two leading roles. Their chemistry on-screen is essential for pulling the audience into the story, and making us sympathize when things get difficult for them along the way. Adam and Eve, two magical and amazing creatures, who have lived for hundreds of years, are eternal lovers that live in opposite sides of the world, yet have primarily only each other for company in a world increasingly more hostile and dangerous for them to survive in. Adam is a pessimist, disillusioned with the direction humanity has taken finds solace and comfort in Eve, who is content with observing things such as nature and animals, reading, and dancing. She also has a long lost blood sister, Ava, who is in the end the cause of disruption into their many years of peaceful existence. John Hurt is also a magnificent presence in the part of Christopher Marlow, the much rumored to be true author of Shakespeare’s works, living as an aging vampire in Tangier. For any fan of Jarmusch’s work, this film is the crown jewel. Nominated for the Palm d’ Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and the winner of a soundtrack award also at Cannes.

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