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Bизaнтия (2012)

Byzantium (original title)
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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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4,445 ( 405)
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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 ... Wendy
Thure Lindhardt ... Werner
Jenny Kavanagh Jenny Kavanagh ... Barmaid
Glenn Doherty Glenn Doherty ... Steve
Edyta Budnik ... Nadia
Gabriela Marcinková ... Anya
Caleb Landry Jones ... Frank
Daniel Mays ... Noel
Uri Gavriel ... Savella
Sam Riley ... Darvell
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Storyline

Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara meets lonely Noel, who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor befriends Frank and tells him their lethal secret. They were born 200 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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UK | USA | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 2013 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Bизaнтия See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,643, 30 June 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$84,293, 4 August 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In 1816, Lord Byron, Percy and Mary Shelley, Claire Clairmont and John Polidori gathered at the Villa Diodati on Lake Geneva, Switzerland, in the fabled "haunted summer," which has been depicted in several movies. In a drug- and alcohol-induced frenzy, they engaged in a contest to see who could write the best ghost story. Mary Shelley produced "Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus." Byron began a vampire story but abandoned it out of boredom. Polidori picked it up and created "The Vampyre" (the forerunner to Bram Stoker's "Dracula"), whose title character, Ruthven, was modeled on Byron. Jonny Lee Miller portrayed the character named Ruthven in Bизaнтия (2012) and the title role in the biopic Byron (2003). See more »

Goofs

When Carla is about to perform oral sex on Noel at the carnival she only manages to unbuckle his belt before he interrupts her, in the following shots his pants are around his ankles. 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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Connections

Featured in Great MoVie Mistakes (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Sonata in C Major Op. 2 No. 3, Adagio
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Simon Chamberlain
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Classy and Cult Vampire Movie
5 November 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the present days, the lonely sixteen year-old Eleanor "Ella" Webb (Saoirse Ronan) and his sexy and protective mother Clara (Gemma Arterton) are vampires for two hundred years. When a dangerous stranger hunts Clara down, she severes his head, burns her apartment and flees with Ella to a coastal town. Clara meets the lonely Noel (Daniel Mays) that is grieving the loss of his mother and is completely broken. He lodges them in his derelict Byzantium, a former hotel and bed-and-breakfast that belonged to his mother. Clara sees the chance to make money for Noel and she with a brothel. Eleanor befriends the teenager Frank (Caleb Landry Jones), who has leukemia, and they fall in love with each other. Meanwhile two strangers are tracking Clara through the deaths of their victims. Eleanor is tired of living on the run and decides to tell their secret to Frank, but there are parts in Clara's past that she does not know.

"Byzantium" is a classy and cult vampire movie directed by Neil Jordan that once again makes a great vampire movie. The story is disclosed in slow pace and the characters are very well constructed. The performances are top-notch and Clara has an amoral behavior while her daughter is the opposite, but there is explanation along the story. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Byzantium: Uma Vida Eterna" ("Byzantium: An Eternal Life")


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