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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.

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Barry Cassin ...
Robert Fowlds
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David Heap ...
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Gareth
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Wendy
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Werner
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Glenn Doherty ...
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Nadia
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Anya
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Noel
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Savella
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Darvell
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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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Rated R for bloody violence, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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31 May 2013 (UK)  »

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A Vampire Story  »

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£8,000,000 (estimated)

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$16,643 (USA) (28 June 2013)

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$84,293 (USA) (2 August 2013)
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The seaside town used as the location of the film was Hastings in East Sussex England. See more »

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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 »

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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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References Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) See more »

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The Unquiet Grave
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Performed by Gemma Arterton
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Original approach to the Vampire mythos which is more an examination of being human.
19 September 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Byzantium is more a study of being human than being vampire and holds the attention easily with strong lead performances. At the center is actually a mother daughter relationship, a question of nature versus nurture and survival. As well as all the vices of humankind thrown in for good measure. In this movie the vampires are all human, albeit changed and remain human, albeit enhanced but at a cost and within the shadows of normal living. Life and death of course are issues and living,if we could live forever would we rise above what we are? Questions within. Really enjoyed this and good to see Saiorse Ronan back on form after that terrible Alien outing. Gemma Arterton also puts in a great performance. This is billed as a vampire movie however I'd recommend it to anyone as although the elements are there its very far from what you'd expect of a movie of that genre.


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