Byzantium Thursday, 20 June 2019

Byzantium

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong supernatural themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Beyond the pale.

  • Starring:

    Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton, Sam Riley, Daniel Mays, Jonny Lee Miller, Caleb Landry Jones, Kate Ashfield

  • Directed by:

    Neil Jordan

  • Running time:

    118 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are raped (implied), shot, beaten, stabbed, kicked, grabbed, pursued, punched, bitten, garrotted, beheaded, glassed, blood-let, knocked over, near-choked, murdered, hit by a car, trapped, bound. A girl is forced into prostitution, bicycle accident, arson, stealing. People fall through a skylight, jump from a high cliff ledge, fall down an elevator shaft. Skin is pierced; blood drawn. Smothering baby mentioned. Screaming, yelling, arguing. A movie scene shows a woman being restrained, exorcised, stabbed with a wooden stake. Blood/gore: Corpses drained of blood. Charred human remains, skull. Bloody face, slit throat, bloody wrist, bloody material, sliced wrist, uncontrolled bleeding, blood spray, bloody water, blood on objects, bloody incisions, coughing blood, smeared blood, dripping blood, bandage. Drinking blood.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Prostitutes have sex with various men. Propositioning, stripping, lap-dancing, flirting, kissing, bondage, spanking. STDs mentioned. NUDITY: Exposed breast, sketch of half-nude female. Skimpy clothing, lingerie. Man in underwear, shirtless man. Cleavage.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer, wine). Smoking.Anticoagulants mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    C-words, f-words, s-words, bastard. Name-calling. Derogatory terms for women, prostitutes, elderly people. Slang terms for genitals. Religious references and exclamations. Gender, vampire, genre stereotypes.

  • THEMES:

    Vampires, mother-daughter relationships, sisters, memories, storytelling, secrets, prostitution, terminal illness, dying, euthanasia, revenants, hitchhiking, immortality, forensics, betrayal, banishment, survival, brotherhoods.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Youth with leukaemia, abandoned baby. Cot death, deceased mothers, dying mother, ghostly visitation (child) mentioned. Orphanage, brothel, strip club, hospital settings. Large flocks of birds, seagulls, pigeons, dogs, horses, cricket, sheep. Bright nightclub lights cause mild strobe effect.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Gorgeous, brooding, bloody, melancholy, strange, mesmeric, gory, feminist. Remarkable performances, ethereal cinematography, creepy atmosphere.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Lifeless, uneven, convoluted, dull, despondent, rudderless. Dull flashbacks, plot grows tiresome, unconvincing romance, hasty resolution, impossible to take seriously, sporadically entertaining.

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