Monday, April 21, 2014

Byzantium (2012)

 Director: Neil Jordan. Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, Sam Riley. 118 min. Rated R. UK/USA/Ireland. Fantasy/Horror.

There's a common principle among Neil Jordan movies: He doesn't make masterpieces, but his films cannot be ignored either. Continuing on Let the Right One In's theme of the dilemmas of female vampires in a contemporary society, here he follows the story of a 200-year-old mother and daughter who are persecuted by men of their own kind - how the mother struggles to survive and protect them by her old traditional ways, and how the teenage daughter struggles to break free (any different from normal mothers and daughters?). An aesthetically beautiful movie to watch, even if you don't believe in vampires.

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