Byzantium was released in 2013 and it tells the story of teenage Eleanor and her mother Clara. The pair are 200 year old vampires who are on the run. I know what you might be thinking. Another vampire film? And well, yes, of course it is, but it's more than that.
Byzantium is a gritty and sometimes gory film that shows just how far a mother will go to protect her daughter. It also shows a strange love story and how women are marginalized by society (as it's taboo for women to become vampires in Byzantium).
Being a vampire in Byzantium is not glamorous, at least not for Eleanor and Clara. It's beyond horrible. Eleanor and Clara are constantly on the move and once they settle somewhere Clara works as a prostitute to get by and they both kill because they're compelled to. Vampirism is treated as a curse and not some beautiful dark gift that will give you eternal life. Becoming one is a choice one makes when they have no options left besides becoming a vampire.
The pair may always be ageless but that means that they can never spend much time with anyone else. They are bound to each other forever and that in itself seems like torture. What happens when they both need something more than each other?
All in all Byzantium is a gritty film about love and loss and what a mother will do for her daughter to keep her safe. If you like vampire films like Let The Right One In, and you haven't seen this already, I'd definitely recommend seeing this.
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Anjulie Te Pohe
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