Byzantium

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The tween-angst vampires of Twilight have had their run; now it’s time for some more grown-up bloodsuckers to take the stage. Eleanor (Ronan) and Clara (Arterton) are the toothy immortals at the centre of Neil Jordan’s moody, mesmeric horror film. They’re youthful in appearance, but pushing nearly two centuries of clandestine living among the Irish underclass. Unfortunately, they’re forced to go on the run after Clara beheads another of their race and end up in a small seaside town, where they turn a decrepit hotel into a thriving business.

Ashen atmosphere is paramount; grey skies, barren pebble-stone beaches, shadowy underpasses. Jordan’s poetic sensibilities and uncanny aptitude for conjuring up resonantly metaphorical images – from a pointed fingernail pushing toward a vein to a waterfall turning into a literal river of blood – proves there’s plenty of life left in this undead genre.

By Keith Uhlich
Time Out Doha,

Byzantium

  • Duration: 118
  • Released: Thu, 04 Jul
  • Classification: 18+
  • Language: English
  • Director: Neil Jordan
  • Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, Caleb Landry Jones, Warren Brown, Thure Lindhardt, Gabriela Marcinkova, Daniel Mays

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