Jim Jarmusch‘s “Only Lovers Left Alive” is a film that has been slowly knocking out The Playlist one-by-one. Jessica Kiang caught it at Cannes and took a shine to the playful movie, I saw it in Toronto and thought it was simply one of the best movies of the entire fest, and Editor-In-Chief Rodrigo Perez just got out of the New York Film Festival screening, and he too was blown away. “Only Jarmusch pulls off a moody, romantic, existential & melancholy look at love/time/culture with hilarious dry wit,” he tweeted, adding: “Absolutely essential. Exquisite. Must-See Spring 2014.” Frankly, I couldn’t agree more.
But we understand not everyone will be able to catch the movie on the festival circuit, so for now, here’s some new images from the movie. The melancholy vampire story tells the story of Adam and Eve—Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton—a couple of centuries-old lovers and vampires, who are reunited in a crumbling Detroit, Michigan. And that’s really all the story there is for the most part, as Jarmusch uses the characters as a conduit to talk about art, culture, history, literature and more, all with his trademark cool and wit, in a movie that is frequently funny and self-aware too. It’s a extremely tough tone to balance, but Jarmusch nails it, delivering what may be his smartest movie to date, and certainly his most wholly satisfying in years.