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Byzantium (2012)

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Residents of a coastal town learn, with deathly consequences, the secret shared by the two mysterious women who have sought shelter at a local resort.

Director:

Neil Jordan

Writers:

Moira Buffini (screenplay), Moira Buffini (play)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Saoirse Ronan ... Eleanor
Barry Cassin Barry Cassin ... Robert Fowlds
Gemma Arterton ... Clara
David Heap David Heap ... Lap Dancing Client
Warren Brown ... Gareth
Ruby Snape Ruby Snape ... Wendy
Thure Lindhardt ... Werner
Jenny Kavanagh Jenny Kavanagh ... Barmaid
Glenn Doherty Glenn Doherty ... Steve
Edyta Budnik ... Nadia
Gabriela Marcinková ... Anya (as Gabriela Marcinkova)
Caleb Landry Jones ... Frank
Daniel Mays ... Noel
Uri Gavriel ... Savella
Sam Riley ... Darvell
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Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara (Gemma Arterton) meets lonely Noel (Daniel Mays), who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor "Ella" Webb (Saoirse Ronan) befriends Frank (Caleb Landry Jones) and tells him their lethal secret. They were born two hundred years ago and survive on human blood. As knowledge of their secret spreads, their past catches up on them with deathly consequence. Written by Production

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Rated R for bloody violence, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The ancient shrine where the vampires are made was filmed on Skellig Michael off the Irish coast. This is the same location used for Luke's refuge in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017). See more »

Goofs

After Frank falls from his bike he receives a laceration on his wrist which he tends to with a handkerchief, after Eleanor aids him by taking him back home he drops the rag on his porch which is now covered in blood. The pattern and the amount of blood surrounding the rag on the floor consistently changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Eleanor: My story can never be told. I write it over and over, wherever we find shelter. I write of what I cannot speak: the truth. I write all I know of it, then I throw the pages to the wind. Maybe the birds can read it.
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Be My Guest
Written by Gaitana, Kiwi Project
Performed by Gaitana
Licensed courtesy of Lavinia Music
Published by Lavinia Music
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Please, Hollywood, take note...
7 June 2013 | by snodlanderSee all my reviews

... This is how to make a vampire film.

I find it difficult to fault this film. The plot is intelligent and engaging. No one is entirely black or white. The heroes are flawed and complicated, the villains, for the most part, have motivation and even sympathy. I found myself rooting for the murderous, vampiric prostitute as much for the innocent girl trapped into releasing those tired of life.

It's really two films, one set 200 hundred years ago, one in the present time, with many of the same characters and the same location, Hastings, once a fishing village, now a tired seaside resort.

The actors are very good, particularly the leads. As a resident of SE England, I recognised many of the locations. The ending was perhaps a little predictable, but still satisfying.

Don't go see this if you like your vampires to sparkle, but if you liked Let The Right One In and gritty drama, go watch it.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 2013 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,643, 30 June 2013

Gross USA:

$89,237

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$828,284
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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