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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Gemma Arterton
Saoirse Ronan
Sam Riley
Caleb Landry-Jones
Jonny Lee Miller
Directors
Neil Jordan
Screenwriters
Moira Buffini
Running Time
118 minutes

Byzantium
Let The Right Two In...


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Plot
Clara (Arterton) and her daughter Eleanor (Ronan), both vampires, have been on the run together from the Brotherhood, an order of male vampires, for 200 years. After being nearly caught by Darvell (Riley), a vampire who was involved in their creation, they abandon their current home and move to a faded English seaside town. Clara persuades weak-willed Noel (Daniel Mays) to let her run a brothel from Byzantium, his failing hotel, and Eleanor befriends a sickly youth, Frank (Caleb Landry Jones).


Verdict
A mixture of tough and wistful and reflective and brutal, this is the ideal vampire movie for Twi-hards who’ve had their hearts broken for the first time and want to move on to a less cosy vision of eternal romance with a side order of addiction.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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