Przeżyją tylko kochankowie / Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

GATUNEK: Komedia, Dramat, Horror , LEKTOR PL

OPIS FILMU:  Bohaterami filmu jest para wampirów o imionach Adam i Ewa. Adam (Tom Hiddleston), żyjący na opuszczonych przedmieściach Detroit, mieszka w dużym, starym domu, wypełnionym sprzętem muzycznym różnej proweniencji. Jest aktywnym muzykiem, którego nagrania są popularne w amerykańskich klubach – jednakże prawie nigdy nie opuszcza domu. W zdobywaniu sprzętu pomaga mu „zombie” (tak Adam nazywa zwykłych ludzi) Ian, który nie jest świadom prawdziwej natury Adama. Jako wampir, Adam żyje od kilkuset lat – wielokrotnie w filmie pojawiają się sugestie, że osobiście znał wiele historycznych postaci (np. Byrona ). Żona Adama, Ewa (Tilda Swinton), mieszkająca w Tangerze miłośniczka książek, porozumiewa się z nim głównie za pomocą wideokonferencji. Jako wampiry, oboje mają „humanitarne” sposoby zdobywania krwi, którą muszą regularnie spożywać – np. kupują ją od sowicie opłacanych lekarzy pracujących w bankach krwi.

Akcja filmu skupiona jest na relacjach Adama i Ewy, oraz problemach spowodowanych przez niezapowiedzianą wizytę Avy (Mia Wasikowska), siostry Ewy, która bardzo komplikuje życie obojga. Film jest pełen nawiązań do historii sztuki i nauki (np. zrealizowane przez Adama wynalazki Tesli): pojawia się sugestia, że długowieczne wampiry miały w niej wielokrotnie udział.

PLOT: Married for centuries and now living half a world apart, two vampires wake as the sun goes down. Adam sits holding a lute, in his cluttered Detroit Victorian, as Eve wakes up in her bedroom in Tangier, surrounded by books. Rather than feeding on humans, they are like addicts, dependent on local suppliers of the „good stuff” because they fear contamination from blood poisoned by the degradation of the environment. Adam visits a local blood bank in the dead of night, masquerading as „Dr. Faust”, paying „Dr. Watson” for his coveted O negative, while Eve relies on their old friend Christopher Marlowe, who faked his death in 1593 and now lives under the protection of a local man.

After influencing the careers of countless famous musicians and scientists, Adam has become withdrawn and suicidal. His desire to connect through his music is at odds with the danger of recognition as well as his contempt for the corrupt and foolish humans he refers to as zombies. He spends his days recording his compositions on outdated studio equipment and lamenting the state of the modern world whilst collecting vintage instruments. He pays Ian, a naive young music fan, to procure vintage guitars and other assorted curiosities, including a custom-made wooden bullet with a brass casing. Having acquired substantial scientific knowledge over the years, the vampire has managed to build contraptions to power both his home and vintage sports car with technology originally pioneered by Nikola Tesla. His reclusive nature adds to his mystique as a musician and composer, and he is horrified when some intrepid fans turn up on his doorstep. Ian promises to discreetly spread rumors about Adam living elsewhere to draw them away.

When Eve calls, she recognizes that he is despondent and decides to come to Detroit. Soon after she arrives, Adam goes out for more blood and she discovers a small revolver under the bed, finds the wooden bullet and senses that it is newly made. She confronts him when he returns, chiding him for wasting the time and opportunities he has to enjoy the world as well as their relationship. They spend their nights cruising the empty streets of Detroit, listening to music and playing chess. But their idyllic seclusion is shattered by the arrival of Eve’s younger sister, Ava, from Los Angeles. Ava gorges herself on their stash of the „good stuff,” and hungry for excitement, persuades them to go out to a local club with Ian, where they hear Adam’s music when the band, White Hills, finishes their set. Ava offers Ian a hit off the flask she secretly filled with blood and brought to the club, and Adam snatches it from her hand with supernatural speed, then insists that they all depart. Before dawn, Ava kills Ian by drinking too much of his blood, and Adam kicks her out of the house.

Adam and Eve dispose of Ian’s corpse in an acid pool in an abandoned factory. Ian’s murder, and the appearance of another bunch of Adam’s fans at the house, compel the couple to hastily return to Tangier with only what they can carry onto the plane. Desperately hungry for blood, they visit Marlowe, and learn that their long-time friend and mentor has been poisoned by a batch of contaminated blood. After they discuss how Marlowe secretly penned most of Shakespeare’s plays, Marlowe dies. Eve takes all of Adam’s ready cash and leaves him with the promise of a gift. He is captivated by the music from a nearby club, where a Lebanese singer (Yasmine Hamdan) is finishing a haunting song. Eve reappears with a beautiful oud, and as they sit together outdoors and contemplate their likely demise, they spot a pair of young lovers kissing. „What choice do we have?” Adam remarks before the two of them approach the couple with glowing eyes and their fangs exposed.