Only Lovers Left Alive

April 9th, 2014


Only Lovers Left Alive

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A depressed musician reunites with his lover, though their romance - which has already endured several centuries - is disrupted by the arrival of uncontrollable younger sister.

Release Year: 2013

Rating: 7.6/10 (9,910 voted)

Critic's Score: 76/100

Director: Jim Jarmusch

Stars: Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska

Adam ('Tom Hiddleston (I)'), an underground musician reunites with his lover for centuries (

Tilda Swinton - Eve
Tom Hiddleston - Adam
Anton Yelchin - Ian
Mia Wasikowska - Ava
John Hurt - Marlowe
Jeffrey Wright - Dr. Watson
Slimane Dazi - Bilal
Carter Logan - Scott
Aurelie Thepaut - Flight Attendant
Ali Amine - Taxi Driver, Detroit
Dave W. - White Hills
Ego Sensation - White Hills
Nick Name - White Hills
Fouad El Achaari - Man on Street, Tangier
Hawchi Mustapha - Man on Street, Tangier


Official Website: Official site | Official site [Germany] |

Country: UK, Germany, France, Cyprus, USA

Language: English, French, Arabic

Release Date: 11 April 2014

Filming Locations: Detroit, Michigan, USA

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Although Jim Jarmusch wanted to shoot this movie on film and has a general distaste for digital cinematography, he had to use the Arri Alexa for budgetary reasons. He managed to work with low lighting and specific lenses in order to come up with a look he found acceptable enough to work for him. See more »


User Review


Rating: 9/10

Yes, Only Lovers Left Alive is another vampire movie. Yes, the characters are very pale and old and romantic. Yes, it is very much full of clichés and stereotypes. However, it is also wickedly smart, beautifully shot, filled to the brim with talent and full of cultural witticisms.

Tom Hiddleston is Adam, Tilda Swinton is Eve and Jim Jarmusch is a genius. This is a director that tells us all we need to know without doubting our intelligence. He allows us to fall into the depths of the film without worrying about a perfectly neat beginning, middle and end. He even stops his characters from following tedious and predictable patterns, because after all, they're too old for that.

This is a movie for film lovers and pop culture enthusiasts. It is a vampire film that takes advantage of its time span; cultural references dating back hundreds of years can be found at every corner. Only Lovers Left Alive does not focus on blood and gore, it is not a thriller nor a horror, it doesn't even truly focus on the world of vampires. Instead, Jarmusch studies the eternal, he explores the quiet, perhaps boring, every day life of a modern, intelligent and ancient being who has, quite literally, seen it all.

- Sinann Fetherston.

You can find a full review at MoviefiedNYC.


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