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It seems we can put to rest the question of whether Gemma Arteron and Saoirse Ronan’s characters in Neil Jordan’s “Byzantium” are really vampires or if they’re just kinda cuckoo for cocoa puffs. At least, if this latest trailer for the film is any indication, then yeah, the little lasses are indeed bloodsuckers. Albeit ones that don’t seem to have any issues with the sun, which, frankly, was something I never quite “got”.
Check out a new, and quite bloody trailer for Jordan’s “Byzantium”. As to whether it’ll actually open theatrically in the U.S., well, I have some doubts. Maybe a limited release, but I definitely don’t expect to see lots of promos for this thing on TV very soon.
Eleanor and Clara, two mysterious and penniless young women, flee the scene of a violent crime and arrive in a run-down coastal resort. They try to find money and refuge along the tawdry seafront and in the dilapidated hotels. Clara, ever-practical, sells her body. She soon meets shy and lonely Noel, who provides a roof over their heads in his seedy guesthouse, Byzantium. Clara, always looking towards the future, turns it into a ‘pop-up’ brothel. Meanwhile Eleanor, the eternal schoolgirl, meets Frank, a kindred spirit who unwittingly prompts her to tell the truth about her life. She tells him that Clara is her mother; yet Clara is only a few years older. She says that she was born in 1804; yet she is just sixteen. She confesses that she must drink human blood to stay alive – and so must her mother. In the small, quiet town, people start to die. And the past that the girls have been running from for so long, finally catches up with them – with astonishing consequences.
“Byzantium” also stars Jonny Lee Miller, Sam Riley, Tom Hollander, Caleb Landry Jones, and Daniel Mays.
Biting it this June 28, 2013.
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