Byzantium

Byzantium

Neil Jordan (2012)

113min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Interview with the Vampire director Neil Jordan returns triumphantly to the bloodsucking genre with this scintillatingly unique horror thriller, which is light years away from the juvenilia of Twilight and its ilk. Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan are radiant as the damaged mother and daughter running a bordello in a seedy seaside guesthouse to escape the secret society that has been hunting them through the centuries. It's based on Moira Buffini's play A Vampire Story, and Jordan's finely tuned balance of art house gothic and Hammer Horror is an evocative fairy tale that uses vampires as a prism to comment on humanity. The film offers a whole new flavour and magical perspective on traditional vampire imagery - no fangs here, just sharp thumbnails extending for feeding time - while the time-shifting flashbacks and upfront depiction of sexuality simply add to what is a haunting, touching and visually sublime reinvention of undead mythology.

Summary

Two female vampires spend centuries on the run from an order of their own kind, who object to women becoming undead. They hide out in a seaside town, where one uses a brothel as a means to find men to feed on, while the other forms a bond with a terminally ill boy - but their past soon catches up with them. Horror, starring Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan and Jonny Lee Miller.

Cast & Crew

Clara Gemma Arterton
Eleanor Saoirse Ronan
Darvell Sam Riley
Ruthven Jonny Lee Miller
Noel Daniel Mays
Frank Caleb Landry Jones
Gabi Kate Ashfield
Werner Thure Lindhardt
Morag Maria Doyle Kennedy
Savella Uri Gavriel
Kevin Tom Hollander
Mrs Strange Christine Marzano
Steve Glenn Doherty
Gareth Warren Brown
Director Neil Jordan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes, nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 31 May 2013
Drama