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Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)Mesmerizing, often dreary, yet relentlessly engaging, Only Lovers Left… More Mesmerizing, often dreary, yet relentlessly engaging, Only Lovers Left Alive is the most unique addition to the vampire genre I have seen, perhaps because that almost seems tangential to the larger narrative itself. Here is the story of two lovers, vampires at least centuries years old, who, together, face their growing disillusionment with the world, finding solace seemingly only in each other's company. It's a story of depression, weariness, and isolation, yet also one of hidden beauty, love, and timelessness. The film has a narrative, but one that features little plot development or action, rather setting its sights on achieving a character study, and delivering on atmosphere. It succeeds on both accounts, focusing on the mundane aspects of vampire life, asking questions that are rarely posed in other genre pieces. We get a sense of their boredom, their peculiar observations on human society, and their uniquely evolved morality. This is achieved to near perfection due to a fantastic script, with strong dialogue, well developed characters, and a fantastic underlying sense of realism. The direction by Jim Jarmusch gives us a very methodical, slow burn sort of feel, but one that never wears out its welcome, enthralling the viewer at every turn. And of course, the ultimate praise for Only Lovers Left Alive goes to Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton for brilliant performances. Both completely inhibit their characters, delivering portrayals that both capture our imagination, and frighten us with the way they organically control every scene. Unique. Captivating. A Must Watch. 4.5/5 Stars
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