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Byzantium (2012)
Byzantium poster Rating: 6.5/10 (30,669 votes)
Director: Neil Jordan
Writer: Moira Buffini (screenplay), Moira Buffini (play)
Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Barry Cassin, Gemma Arterton, David Heap
Runtime: 118 min
Rated: R
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Released: 31 May 2013
Plot: Residents of a coastal town learn, with deathly consequences, the secret shared by the two mysterious women who have sought shelter at a local resort.
Netflix is a great place to enjoy a film that might’ve flown under your radar and isn’t perfect but has a number of amazing moments. That sentence describes Neil Jordan‘s visually arresting but chillily distant return to the vampire genre (Interview with the Vampire), Byzantium. Told from the viewpoint of a forever young vampire (Saoirse Ronan)—who only preys on those already at death’s door—she writes about her vampire mother (Gemma Arterton) as half tragic, half inspiring, because she’s a woman who’s never been able to evolve beyond the world’s oldest profession (selling her body), but who also chose to become a vampiric being when that was reserved solely for men. Jordan’s film is eerie, feminist, and a bit meandering. What Jordan excels at with Byzantium is elaborately displaying blood—from decapitations, waterfalls, and bandages—with a can’t-look-away voyeurism POV. Blood has never looked so enticing—nor has the vampire’s desire to feast and bathe in it—than in this film. – Brian Formo

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