Byzantium

Byzantium

One of the best horror movies of the 21st century and one of the very few great vampire films (if not the greatest). A powerful dramatic story told with great acting (especially from Saoirse Ronan), gravity and lyrical beauty for everyone to empathise with.

A movie about our contradictory human nature, about the inner tragedy in all of us of being forced to do things against our principles in order to survive, about looking for honourable ways to compromise, about the need to share our deepest secrets and expose our true nature in order to free ourselves from the burden, about the dangers of doing so and the adventure of finding the right way to redeem ourselves, about our affective involuntary memory and the way we're being emotionally struck by places from our past, about being lonely among people, about storytelling and, above all, about the fragility of life versus immortality.
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[Moderate spoilers ahead]
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The movie is not perfect, it has flaws, the most evident being that Clara is portrayed as a hero despite the fact that she's exploiting those poor girls in the same horrible way that men exploited her in the past. But the good things this movie has to offer are far more relevant. One of the best scenes is the one when Eleanor (who's immortal) walks on a beach and has glimpses from her past... she begins to realise that she's been there before... 200 years ago... and she can't share those feelings with her mother because her mother (who's also immortal) doesn't remember... there is no one in the whole world to share her feelings and story with... So tragic, and told in such a cinematic way.