Only Lovers Left Alive
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Writer: Jim Jarmusch
Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin, Jeffrey Wright, Slimane Dazi
Part of: surprise movie of this year’s Viennale
Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton) have been a couple since about forever. And since they’re vampires that really is a long time. But recently they lived seperately – Adam in Detroit and Eve in Tangier. Adam is struggling with depression, so Eve comes to join him in Detroit. Their happy bubble is burst, though, when Eve’s volatile sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska) comes to visit as well.
I’ve been looking forward to this movie ever since the words “Tilda Swinton Tom Hiddleston Jim Jarmusch Vampires” were mentioned together, so I was absolutely ecstatic when the opening credits at the surprise screening started rolling and I identified the film. And I’m happy to say that it fulfilled all my expectations and more.
There were a couple of things Only Lovers Left Alive had in common with Kiss of the Damned – the vampires, the couple with the moral code, the disruptive sister, the colors, saturation and set design. Only that this film managed to make everything work were Kiss of the Damned failed completely for me.
First of all, I absolutely loved Adam and Eve and their relationship. I had no trouble believing that they knew each other forever and that they were still very much in love. They were respectful, attentive and supportive, without being clingy. They spent time with each other because they liked spending time with each other, not because they were a couple and couples spend time with each other. And their respective relationships with Ava was also pretty great. Also, the film doesn’t take itself too seriously. There are jokes, even in all the gloom of Adam’s depression.
All of that with beautiful images, sets and costumes and an absolutely fantastic soundtrack. Also, Jarmusch pretty much had the perfect cast. Every single one of them was amazing and the perfect fit for their respective roles.
I wouldn’t have minded if the movie was twice as long and I was kinda sad when it was done. But that just means that I’ll have to rewatch it. (And not just for naked Tom Hiddleston.)
Summarizing: everything I wanted and more.