The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Only Lovers Left Alive

Cool people never die in Jim Jarmusch’s self-described “crypto-vampire love story,” Only Lovers Left Alive. A movie as original and stylized as its famously rocker-chic director, this vampire flick bemoans the decline of human civilization through the lens of vampires who Jarmusch colored with an uncharacteristically sensitive and fragile hue.

Hiding in plain sight among the desolated streets of Detroit, a world-weary and depressed vampire, Adam (Tom Hiddleston), writes music and quietly laments on the state of the world. When one day his enigmatic lover of several centuries, Eve (Tilda Swinton), returns to cure his despondency, it reignites his resilience and will to live. Their reunion is soon interrupted by the arrival of Eve’s uncontrollable sister, Ava (Mia Wasikowska), whose reckless behavior forces the lovers to leave Adam’s home and retreat to Eve’s hideaway nestled on the romantic streets of Tangier, Morocco. There they seek out the aid of elder vampire, Christopher Marlowe (John Hurt), but the lovers find they only have themselves to rely upon.

Jim Jarmusch’s 2013 venture into horror, Only Lovers Left Alive, is driven by sensual photography, trance-like music, and intellectual witticism, making it a meditation on art, science, everlasting love, and a welcome addition to the “Frida After Dark” series this June!


“Jarmusch brings his art house sensibilities to the vampire genre, removing the focus from needless stereotypes and finding the humanity in the inhuman.” – Britt Hayes, ScreenCrush

“It makes for one of the most enjoyable and artful pieces of cinematic dandyism in the Jarmusch catalog, and for all its poised flipness, one of the saddest and most serious.” – Jonathan Romney, Film Comment Magazine

“Elegant, somber, literary-minded, otherworldly, inexpressibly sad, sometimes very funny. Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive is both one of the most unusual vampire pictures ever made and probably one of the best.” – Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress