Thursday, June 4, 2015

Theme Week part 4- Vampires

Only Lovers Left Alive

plot: Adam, a reclusive musician is depressed and thinking of killing himself, while his wife Eve is vibrant and soaking up life. They are currently half way across the world from each other, until Eve decides to return to Detroit to stop Adam from being so lonely. After awhile, Eve's sister arrives, drinking too much and killing Adam's only friend. After banishing her from Detroit, the couple return to Morocco to find another of their vampire friends; and their blood supplier, is dying of blood poisoning. 

This is a 2013 drama starring Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton.

I can't believe I waited so long to see this film.  Okay, I have to admit, there was about ten minutes in the first half that sort of seemed like it had gotten off track, and left me wondering if I was watching a vampire movie or a history lesson on Detroit?  But, as the movie progresses, you see where it ties in, as the themes of water and regrowth/population is brought up.

What starts off as a metaphor for addiction, reveals itself to be a comment on the world's clean water issue. I love it, two metaphors in one film.

The film also plays with the idea of ying-yang, having Eve practically an albino dressing in light creams and pale colours, while Adam has jet black hair and wears only black and navy.  His style reminded me of  every goth guy every in the late 80's early 90's, as well as the character The Crow
When the sister arrives on the scene, she's a strawberry redhead who dresses in a rainbow of colours and a orange-y fox fur coat. Which represents her wild nature perfectly.

You are dealing here with themes of trust, love, betrayal, addiction, survival, and hope.  And I get the impression that Eve is suppose to have been the muse for hundreds of writers over the centuries, if not the writer of famous works herself, as well as Adam having been either the muse to hundreds of musicians or else the musician himself.  The topic of staying anonymous vs grabbing glory is brought up more then once as well.

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