Entertainment 'Only Lovers Left Alive' requires some adjustment, but is worth it Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston in a scene from "Only Lovers Left Alive." Photo Credit: Gordon A Timpen By ROBERT LEVIN email@example.com @rlevin85 Updated April 10, 2014 4:57 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Jim Jarmusch is an ideal filmmaker for the vampire genre. He's fashioned a distinguished career out of moody portraits of outsiders, after all. "Only Lovers Left Alive" is exactly the sort of picture about bloodsuckers you'd expect from the director of "Stranger Than Paradise." And that's a compliment. It's defined by faded interiors, underlit streets and the sort of sleek modern attire one might find in a glossy perfume commercial. It's a film about emptiness and loneliness, paralleling a chapter in the lives of vampire lovers Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton) with its abandoned Detroit setting, in which relics of past glory are left to rust and die. The experience of watching the movie is a lot like listening to a cool, smooth piece of electronic music (it's no coincidence that Jarmusch's band worked on the soundtrack). The story is little more than an extended encounter but meaning is found in the ways the conversations progress, the ways the characters move in relation to one another and in the slow and steady revelation of small details. Getting used to this sort of storytelling requires some adjustment, especially when you're used to the "Twilight" mode of vampire storytelling, but it's worth it. Directed by Jim JarmuschStarring Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia WasikowskaRated RPlaying at Lincoln Center, Landmark Sunshine By ROBERT LEVIN firstname.lastname@example.org @rlevin85 Robert, amNewYork's Editor-in-Chief, has been with the team in one capacity or another for more than a decade. He also reviews movies and writes entertainment features. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.