Only Lovers Left Alive
Wednesday 11 March at 7.30pm
Jim Jarmusch│United Kingdom/Germany│2013│123 mins│ M offensive language
In Jim Jarmusch’s impossibly cool foray into vampirism Tom Hiddleston joins Tilda Swinton to play Adam and Eve, blood-sipping lovers since time began. Their exhaustive knowledge of the past is matched by an uncanny familiarity with upcoming events… Exquisitely refined souls, they have had a hand in creating many works of art commonly attributed to others – Franz Schubert and Jack White, for example. We hardly need mention that they are denizens of the night, subsisting on the purest human blood. Jarmusch delivers a passionate and consummately chic essay on science, music, time and above all love. His most poetic film since Dead Man, Only Lovers Left Alive is also funny and playful, with Tilda Swinton delivering one-liners with vintage aplomb and Tom Hiddleston playing her world-weary amour to surprisingly lovable effect. [It is] impeccably crafted in every respect – from the sublimely atmospheric visuals to Jarmusch’s characteristically bespoke musical choices… Swinton, felinely mischievous, and Hiddleston, suavely Byronic as her straight man, are not only very funny but relishably tender, making the notion of eternal undying (or undead) love a considerably more sophisticated proposition than in the Twilight series… Science, literature, music history and even botany all play their part in a script that combines occasionally goofy wit (‘You drank Ian!’) with a melancholy harping on mortality and humanity’s capacity to mess the globe up.” — Jonathan Romney, Screendaily.