Only Lovers Left Alive
There’s the signature deadpan humour, marginalised characters and cool music that define a Jim Jarmusch film. But there are also vampires.
Jim Jarmusch’s Palme d’Or-nominated Only Lovers Left Alive stars Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as two age-old bloodsuckers slumming it out in economically downturned Detroit. Not that Adam is unhappy. He’s got his guitars, a living musician friend and his enigmatic lover Eve (Tilda Swinton). But trouble arrives in the form of Mia Wasikowska’s Ava, Eve’s wilder younger sister. Things are a little too quiet for her in this part of the world, so she decides to liven it up, to Adam’s annoyance.
Moving between the former car-producing capital of the US and Tangier in Morocco, Jarmusch’s after hours comedy drama, like his subsequent zombie fest The Dead Don’t Die, gleefully plays with the conventions of horror whilst delivering a touching romance between Swinton and Hiddleston’s characters. And it all plays out against a backdrop of a typically eclectic soundtrack.