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Byzantium

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Neil Jordan returns to bloody fantasy

From its seductively scuffed seaside setting to its scarlet waterfall, Neil Jordan’s return to bloody fantasy majors in memorable images but suffers from muddled intent.
 
Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan make full-blooded work of vamps-on-the-run Clara and Eleanor. There’s added complexity too in Eleanor’s storytelling streak – echoing unreliable narrators in Jordan’s The Company Of Wolves and Interview With The Vampire – though too many subplots sap the momentum.
 
What isn’t lost is mood, thanks to Jordan’s real star: DoP Sean Bobbitt, who draws melancholy magic from darkest Hastings.

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