Byzantium

Byzantium

Byzantium

Gemma Arterton (Hansel & Gretel) and Saoirse Ronan (The Host) star in this supernatural vampire thriller as a brothel-operating mother-daughter duo on the run from the law, finding shelter in a run-down coastal town. When residents begin to die, the elusive pair's deadly secrets come to light. From the director of The Crying Game and Interview with the Vampire.

Selling her body to make ends meet, the ever-practical Clara (Arterton) soon meets shy and lonely Noel (Daniel May), who provides a roof over their heads in his seedy guesthouse, Byzantium. Clara, always looking towards the future, turns it into a ‘pop-up’ brothel.

Meanwhile Eleanor (Ronan), the eternal schoolgirl, meets Frank (Caleb Landry Jones), a kindred spirit who prompts her to reveal the truth - that she was born in 1804 but is still a teenager, that Clara is her mother yet is only a few years older, and that they must both drink human blood to stay alive. As the residents catch on to the deadly ruse, Eleanor and Clara face the haunting past that finally confronts them.

2012Rating: MA15+, Strong supernatural themes, violence and coarse language113 minsUK, USA, Ireland
DramaFantasyThriller
Director:
Neil Jordan ('The Brave One', 'Breakfast on Pluto', 'The Crying Game', 'Interview with the Vampire')
Writer:
Moira Buffini
Cast:
Saoirse RonanGemma ArtertonWarren BrownBarry CassinDavid HeapRuby SnapeDaniel MaysCaleb Landry Jones
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

A lethargic and uninspired take that aims to be something different, but ultimately isn't.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A stylish and moody mood piece infused with an intriguing feminist slant.

3.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Jordan's poetic sensibilities more than make up for any flaws.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Again and again, as the story shifts between women, times and moods, Mr. Jordan adds a punctuating flourish ... that exquisitely illustrates the once-upon-a-time mood.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Arterton's brash performance is arguably a little high-octane yet it balances with Ronan's wounded watchfulness. And Buffini's script has some savoury moments.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The appeal is not so much its bite, which could use some refining, but the emotional journey its undead take. In Jordan's hands, the vampires are so very human.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Neil Jordan interviews a whole new set of vampires but draws precious little blood.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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.

4.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Jordan, a master of mood, creates an unsettling atmosphere of small-town despair, and the film's sporadic spikes of violence ... are often inventive.

0

I was interested in the sort of rules that were involved with these types of vampires and found the history of the characters and their choices to be the backbone of the movie, when it came to the final act of the movie the pace picked up which was good but I thought the characters made some strange choices. Great movie

4.0
0

I always like vampire movie. I enjoyed this, something different than the normal stuff... I think it was quite good way for vampire to 'feed'... Not so painful or bloody for the victim :-)

0

I enjoyed this, a unique take on vampire mythology, entertaining film. Fang you Flicks (pun obviously intended)

4.0
0

I tend to be more of a shallow popcorn movie lover so I was pleasantly surprised. Some people found it slow but I was totally drawn into the story. Great acting and awesome camerawork. Slight humour in parts just to break the rather bleak but riveting tale. Highly recommended.

4.0
0

I went in not knowing what to expect, it was a little slow moving towards the beginning but the wait was worth it. When the story started coming together, it was captivating and the cinematography was just beautiful. I would watch this again. I enjoyed the way that the idea of vampires was used in a comfortably unique way and I can't say that it was...

4.0
0

So refreshing to see a vampire film for adults after all the junk that's come out the last few years, this one being a bit of a slow burner but really sticks with you afterwards, much in the same way the director's other fang flick Interview With The Vampire played out. This one might require a little front end investment on the viewer's front, but...

0

It's not a boom, boom,shake the room type of movie with fangs and blood galore, although the latter did feature. I was mesmerised by the story line; the human aspect to it and the differences between mother and daughter. I really enjoyed it and was entertained, which is really what it's all about.

0

As the title suggests I wasn't too sure what the movie was about other than it had vampires in it, which I am a sucker for (no pun intended). This film is more of a period piece, not your typical vamp film. I found it quite slow in places yet it kept enough of a secret for me wanting to know what was going to happen next. It was definitely a film with more...

3.0
0

This movie definitely gave a lot more than what could be seen from the trailer. A masterful take on the vampire theme was has been dulled in recent cinema. This film does have its niche, however, the great acting and gripping storyline provide an enjoyable experience for all.

4.0
0

It was slow in parts but over all a great story & different slant on the 'typical' vampire movie. Not for the traditional blood & gore lovers. Really enjoyed it. Thanks for the free tickets

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

A lethargic and uninspired take that aims to be something different, but ultimately isn't.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

A stylish and moody mood piece infused with an intriguing feminist slant.

3.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Jordan's poetic sensibilities more than make up for any flaws.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Again and again, as the story shifts between women, times and moods, Mr. Jordan adds a punctuating flourish ... that exquisitely illustrates the once-upon-a-time mood.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Arterton's brash performance is arguably a little high-octane yet it balances with Ronan's wounded watchfulness. And Buffini's script has some savoury moments.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The appeal is not so much its bite, which could use some refining, but the emotional journey its undead take. In Jordan's hands, the vampires are so very human.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Neil Jordan interviews a whole new set of vampires but draws precious little blood.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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.

4.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Jordan, a master of mood, creates an unsettling atmosphere of small-town despair, and the film's sporadic spikes of violence ... are often inventive.

0

I was interested in the sort of rules that were involved with these types of vampires and found the history of the characters and their choices to be the backbone of the movie, when it came to the final act of the movie the pace picked up which was good but I thought the characters made some strange choices. Great movie

4.0
0

I always like vampire movie. I enjoyed this, something different than the normal stuff... I think it was quite good way for vampire to 'feed'... Not so painful or bloody for the victim :-)

0

I enjoyed this, a unique take on vampire mythology, entertaining film. Fang you Flicks (pun obviously intended)

4.0
0

I tend to be more of a shallow popcorn movie lover so I was pleasantly surprised. Some people found it slow but I was totally drawn into the story. Great acting and awesome camerawork. Slight humour in parts just to break the rather bleak but riveting tale. Highly recommended.

4.0
0

I went in not knowing what to expect, it was a little slow moving towards the beginning but the wait was worth it. When the story started coming together, it was captivating and the cinematography was just beautiful. I would watch this again. I enjoyed the way that the idea of vampires was used in a comfortably unique way and I can't say that it was...

4.0
0

So refreshing to see a vampire film for adults after all the junk that's come out the last few years, this one being a bit of a slow burner but really sticks with you afterwards, much in the same way the director's other fang flick Interview With The Vampire played out. This one might require a little front end investment on the viewer's front, but...

0

It's not a boom, boom,shake the room type of movie with fangs and blood galore, although the latter did feature. I was mesmerised by the story line; the human aspect to it and the differences between mother and daughter. I really enjoyed it and was entertained, which is really what it's all about.

0

As the title suggests I wasn't too sure what the movie was about other than it had vampires in it, which I am a sucker for (no pun intended). This film is more of a period piece, not your typical vamp film. I found it quite slow in places yet it kept enough of a secret for me wanting to know what was going to happen next. It was definitely a film with...

3.0
0

This movie definitely gave a lot more than what could be seen from the trailer. A masterful take on the vampire theme was has been dulled in recent cinema. This film does have its niche, however, the great acting and gripping storyline provide an enjoyable experience for all.

4.0
0

It was slow in parts but over all a great story & different slant on the 'typical' vampire movie. Not for the traditional blood & gore lovers. Really enjoyed it. Thanks for the free tickets

3.0
0