Only Lovers Left Alive | Chicago Reader

Only Lovers Left Alive

Jim Jarmusch's poetic, highly personal take on the vampire genre uses it to elegize various things that are dead or dying in the early 21st century—analog recording, downtown Detroit, and the European Romantic tradition, to name a few. Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton play globetrotting bohemian lovers who've been together for several centuries; the story finds them reuniting in the Motor City after an unspecified period apart, taking refuge in each other to make up for their despair over the state of the world. This is easily Jarmusch's bleakest film since Dead Man (1996), and it's no less obsessed by atrocities carried out in the name of industrial progress (in this case, worldwide ecological devastation). Yet it's also one of his most visually expressive films, playing out amid ravishing nocturnal imagery that fits perfectly with the dark romantic tone. The supporting cast includes Mia Waikowska, Anton Yelchin, and John Hurt.



  • Jim Jarmusch


  • Tilda Swinton
  • Tom Hiddleston
  • Anton Yelchin
  • Mia Wasikowska
  • John Hurt
  • Jeffrey Wright
  • Slimane Dazi
  • Carter Logan


  • Jeremy Thomas
  • Reinhard Brundig
  • Christos Konstantakopoulos
  • Jean Labadie
  • Bart Walker
  • Stacey Smith
  • Peter Watson

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