Byzantium

Byzantium

DVD - 2013?
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Two female vampires wreak havoc on an unsuspecting English seaside community. Introverted Eleanor and the outgoing Clara both carry secrets from deep in their shared past-all 200 years of it. Shacked up in the seedy Byzantium Hotel, they scheme to keep their secrets from unsuspecting new victims in this seductive, stylish new take on the vampire genre.
Publisher: New York, New York : IFC Films, [2013?]
Edition: Widescreen version
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780788617188
0788617184
Branch Call Number: DVD Horror BYZANTIUM
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (118 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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ClarkHarveyRoth
Oct 18, 2016

An elegant, highly British send-up of the vampire mythos, at moments pretty original, with plenty of heart & grit & those long, stern, silent moments vampires have about everything. The film glances past themes of patriarchy & female vengeance, assisted suicide, co-dependency, always very studied & character-driven, very modern in the telling. I like to see a *lot of liberty taken with the vampire style & storyline, & there were moments where this was still a little safe for my taste...but the set design alone is magnificent, the high school principal from "Step Up 2: The Streets" (also recommended!) appears in this, as the high school principal (for real!), & becoming a vampire is less like being seduced by a pale Christopher Walken type & more like going to a really remote, really jarring spiritual but not religious meditation retreat. Bonus material: heads will roll...! CR

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voisjoe1_0
May 22, 2016

While waiting for my hold for “Brooklyn” starring Saoirse Ronan, I decided to watch this film also starring Saoirse. She is pretty good in this film, which is a story about vampires, etc. Doing a little research on Saoirse, I learned how to pronounce her name. Guess and then go to Google. I suspect only 1 out of 100 or 1000 will get it right.

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sallyneary
Oct 12, 2015

I enjoyed this despite a general aversion to the modern vampire genre.

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ScorchingSun
Aug 14, 2015

A softly flowing storyline that gradually pulls the narrative threads together. Surreal and poetic.
Don't worry, there's enough blood. Just not buckets.

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MeaninglessBark
Jul 14, 2015

Creative and well crafted vampire movie that deserves to be better known.

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forever_ice17
Feb 21, 2015

Loved this. Slow start, but soon gets really intense. Really liked the contrast between the two leads.

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cinecita
Aug 25, 2014

this isn't really a horror movie so much as a vampire thriller, and if you take it as that, it's pretty good. it's never as lyrical as something like 'trouble every day' where claire denis slows everything down, but byzantium takes it's time to weave it's tale, only really picking up the pace towards the end. i liked it a lot, but if you're looking for gore, you won't find it here. this is more about family than fangs.

nycounsel Jul 24, 2014

slow-paced, at times even a little boring, but some good cinematography and mildly interesting twist on the vampire story.

Quimeras Jul 20, 2014

The cinematography is beautiful but this may be the most unexciting vampire film I’ve ever seen.

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jazeebelle
Jun 21, 2014

Not too sure why i just couldn't get into this movie. Minus the fact i am incredibly picky about my vampire movies (and got even pickier after the twilight farce...) it's pretty. But in my opinion also pretty boring. I wouldn't say i wouldn't suggest it, but if you watch it and do get something out of it (or heck, if you can even finish it..) lemme know what i missed.

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Ron@Ottawa
Feb 10, 2014

Sexual Content: References to sexual activities, and some very brief nudity.

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