Only Lovers Left Alive

by HelluvaGirl

I think I just saw one of my all-time favourites!

I mean how amusing can it get when Adam and Eve appear to be still here among us? And yet it can – when you find out just how they get by.

Oh Lord, I’m so grateful for this reco 🙂 I had one of the best couple of hours watching a film that offers a very special dish of philosophical insight, mysticism, humour, love story, grunge and weary sadness that only Jarmusch can concoct.

When I write about films I’ve seen, I never consult intelligent sources and reviews – I want to write what I personally reflect. This time, however, I am reading one of the Jim’s interviews and there’s this thought I picked up instantly, seeing Adam and Eve – one in Tangier, another in Detroit, chatting up on Skype:

They live apart because they can, because it doesn’t deprive them of time together. “If you live that long, separation for a year might feel like a weekend,” says Jarmusch, his voice a spacey drawl. “It’s not an obligation, it’s an emotional connection.”

What if our many lives were like days? We die, rest a bit and wake up to another day, another life? At least that’s what I tell my daughter when we visit funerals.

What if nothing actually separates us? Death is a bus stop. You get off, disappear from one’s sight for a while but never vanish entirely. There’s another day and another bus, and those you are connected with are on that bus again. I must say, it is very comforting: seeing our existence as eternity. Things lose their significance. An iPhone is just a means to call the one you love, and everything you can’t get right now is just waiting for its time. Yes, very consoling.

I also closely relate to the episode where several people have a dream of a person and to them, it’s a message. Like reading a newspaper. I’m a firm believer of collective unconscious being like a pool, a bank of ideas, facts, truths, and those of us who dedicate enough effort and meaning to training their intuition, are able to enter that pool, and that’s how “genial” discoveries are made; that’s how diseases become curable and that’s how Karl Lagerfeld became who he is. It is not really thinking ahead; it’s more opening up to what is theoretically available to all of us.

And Yasmine, the Lebanese singer? Is there anything more breathtaking in this world that this?


I could listen to this music forever. Middle Eastern ethno is my soft spot for sure… Arabic, Moroccan, Persian/Iranian, Jewish, some Turkish… It gives me shivers, it echoes in me, I recognise the source of it somehow. A beautiful moment in the film, really – just forgive the quality of the video.

And then listen to this:

When you separate an entwined particle, and you move both parts away from the other, even on opposite ends of the universe, if you alter or affect one, the other will be identically altered or affected.

Einstein’s theory of entanglement. What can I say. Had a bit of a jaw-dropping moment there, remembering what I’d read in the Book ages ago. Who thought science, too, could be as poetic?