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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Byzantium (2013)

A 200 year old vampire (Gemma Arterton) and her daughter (Saoirse Ronan) move from town to town as they are pursued by members of a vampire brotherhood. They find solace at a rundown hotel no longer in business. But that solace is only temporary because the daughter reveals the truth about themselves to a young boy (Caleb Landry Jones) but she doesn't take into account the consequences of her action which has a disastrous domino effect. Based on a play VAMPIRE STORY by Moira Buffini (who also did the screenplay), director Neil Jordan returns to the vampire genre that he had previously visited with INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE. Only this time, the protagonists are female rather than male. Like INTERVIEW, Jordan isn't interested in a typical horror film but rather the incredible loneliness of "immortals" whose way of life (not always by their choice) eventually becomes a living hell. The two lead actresses are very good though Ronan's character though physically 16 shows a slightly unbelievable naivete for someone who is actually 200 years old. Arterton on the other hand displays a survivor's street smart instinct doing what she has to do to stay safe. Good stuff. With Daniel Mays, Jonny Lee Miller and Sam Riley. 

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