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Byzantium (2013)

Byzantium

Overview


Genre

Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

Release Date

June 28, 2013 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

118 min.

Production Budget

$11 millions

Studio

IFC Films

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Neil Jordan

Producer

Stephen Woolley, Elizabeth Karlsen, Alan Moloney

Screenwriter

Moira Buffini

Starring

Story


Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan) is a precocious girl with a bent for storytelling. A natural introvert, her idea of a good time is to put pen to paper and reflect on her inner life. Her "sister" Clara (Gemma Arterton) is the complete opposite: extroverted and sexual, she struts around in stilettos and skin-tight garb, attracting hungry male gazes wherever she goes. Both carry secrets from deep in their shared past - all 200 years of it - which bubbles to the surface as Jordan wends his way through the twists and turns of the plot. It turns out that Clara was involved in a passionate love affair during the Napoleonic Wars, while at the same time Eleanor was abandoned as a child. In the present, both seek to preserve their secret from their unsuspecting new companions. Eleanor falls for a sweet young waiter (Caleb Landry Jones), while Clara settles on a homey, unsuspecting man (Daniel Mays) who has just come into an inheritance: the Byzantium Hotel, which has seen better days. The fun begins as Eleanor and Clara shack up in the hotel, feeding off their victims while attempting to stay one step ahead of their pursuers, who are hot on the duo's trail after Clara rather violently disposes of a particularly seedy pickup.

Pictures (19 photos)


Sam Riley stars as Darvell in IFC Films' Byzantium (2013)
Gemma Arterton stars as Clara Webb in IFC Films' Byzantium (2013)

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PREMIERE PHOTO

Gemma Arterton
Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan During A Break from Filming Byzantium
Jan 10, 2012
Gemma Arterton
Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan During A Break from Filming Byzantium
Jan 10, 2012

REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..this handsome, femme-driven Irish-Brit co-production is likely to fall between mainstream and arthouse categories among the several territories in which it has sold..”
by Dennis Harvey [Variety]
“..though the movie has little of the intellectual heft of "Michael Collins" or "The Crying Game," the filmmaker, always so good with damaged lives, brings more emotional depth than we normally get in vampire films..”
by Betsy Sharkey [Los Angeles Times]
“.."Byzantium" is cut together so cleanly it becomes dull. There's not one moment of levity in the whole picture..”
by Jordan Hoffman [Film.com]