Only Lovers Left Alive directed by Jim Jarmusch (USA) 2013 is set in Detroit and Tangier. It begins somewhat dizzily with a spinning turntable followed by the room spinning as the main characters lay listening to the music.
Eve (Tilda Swinton) is unearthly pale while her partner Adam (Tom Hiddleston) is intensely handsome. She prefers living in an old quarter of Tangier and he favors a large house in an abandoned Detroit neighborhood.
Adam is the more interesting of the two lovers because his life centers around music in all its aspects from composing and playing to collecting stringed instruments and old recordings.
Both are highly educated and, as the film progresses, the source of that knowledge is revealed as is an important factor relating to their reclusiveness.
It took me a while to realize what was going on and didn’t mind the slow pace. The dichotomy of eccentric outsider culture as opposed to the mainstream with its limitations is a recurring theme that resonates in my own life.
The film will probably appeal more to a European than an American audience but also has potential as a cult classic.
It opens 18 April 2014 at the Embarcadero and Sundance Kabuki in San Francisco, and 25 April 2014 at the Shattuck in Berkeley, Camera 3 in San Jose, and Cinearts at Palo Alto Square in Palo Alto.
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