Byzantium (2012)


Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara meets lonely Noel, who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor befriends Frank and tells him their lethal secret. They were born 200 years ago and survive on human blood. As knowledge of their secret spreads, their past catches up on them with deathly consequence.

Byzantium (2012)

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Released Year: 2012
Runtime: 118 minutes
Directors: Neil Jordan

Storyline


Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara meets lonely Noel, who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor befriends Frank and tells him their lethal secret. They were born 200 years ago and survive on human blood. As knowledge of their secret spreads, their past catches up on them with deathly consequence.

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Reviews


90
New York Magazine (Vulture) - David Edelstein
The movie is gorgeous, mesmerizing, poetic; the lyricism actually heightened by harsh jets of gore.
80
Empire - Kim Newman
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.
80
Time Out - Keith Uhlich
Jordan’s poetic sensibilities more than make up for any flaws. His uncanny aptitude for conjuring up resonantly metaphorical images — from a pointed fingernail pushing toward a vein to a waterfall turning into a literal river of blood — proves there’s plenty of life left in this undead genre.
75
IndieWire - Eric Kohn
By the standards of Jordan's earlier films, "Byzantium" is unquestionably a minor achievement, but its technical specs help flesh out a thick environment that elevates the proceedings to a lyrical plane.
63
The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - Unnamed
Female-forward and class-conscious, allegorical and adventurous, Byzantium is almost the anti-Batman.

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