Synopsis: Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara meets lonely Noel, who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor befriends Frank and tells him their lethal secret. They were born 200 years ago and survive on human blood. As knowledge of their secret spreads, their past catches up on them with deathly consequence.
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Director(s): Neil Jordan
Production: IFC Films
  2 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
118 min


My story can never be told.

I write it over and over

wherever we find shelter.

I write of what

I cannot speak...

...the truth.

I write all I know of it

and then I throw the

pages to the wind.

Maybe the birds

can read it.

This yours?

I often find them here,

these scraps.

Must float down from

someone's window.

"She had meant to smother the

baby as soon as it was born,"

but something made

her look at it.

She heard the thundering heartbeat,

she smelled the

"baby's bloodied head

and love confounded her. "

It's just a scrap,

like you say.

But there's a story there.

You can feel it.

Shall we walk a little?

My story starts

with Clara.

One day,

it will end with her.

Clara... full of secrets.

My savior.

My burden.

My muse.

Won't you come and be with me

and see what I've got?

'cause what I've got

is what you need

what I got is what

you need...


F***ing hell... Wendy!

I'll call you back.


You bastard!

Did you see that?

He f***ing attacked me!

What's she done?

Really f***ed his nose.

Yeah, well,

he deserved it.

- Come on.

- Oi...

Ernie, get him out of here, will you?

My nose!

My nose...

Would you care for tea?

Please come in.

I have been working here

for 14 nights...

I want my pay!

You're not on the books.

What pay?

Don't you wanna, wanna,

don't you

don't you wanna see

me flaunt what I got?

Don't you, don't you

wanna, wanna...

Excuse me.

Have you seen this girl?

No... sorry, mate.



what I got...


Oi, what are you doing?

Sorry, babe, but they owe me.

No! Stop, you can't take

money out of the till!

Hello, Clara.

We get a lot of b*tches in here,

but she took the f***ing prize.


She was morbidly sexy.





Sh*t! F***!

The tedium I've experienced

in this pursuit!

My time you have wasted!

You would sell nations

with your whoredoms.

Come on.

You know who I'm looking for.

Where is she? Huh?

Where is she?!

I was him once.

And that girl...

Love confounded me for her.

I loved her my

whole life through.

Your wife?

She was married to

my brother John...

Most happily.

She never knew the way I felt.

Nor did he.

There come a time in life

when secrets should be told.

You've got secrets,

haven't you?

There was a story told

when I was a boy

about the neamh-mhairbh,

the revenants.

Neither dead nor alive.

The priests used to tell it

to frighten us.

My name is Eleanor Webb.

Eleanor Webb.

I am ready.

Are you sure?

I've spent quite enough time here.

Believe me.

I feel at great peace.

As if order is about to be restored.

She is an aberration.

I don't know what that means, sir.

Where do you think you're going?

I was going to clean the wound, sir.

You've been cut, it's conspicuous.

All the time you've had

and you've learned nothing.

Truly you're base.

Close your eyes.


Get out.

- How could you bring someone here?

- He was stronger than I thought.

This is our home.


We have to leave.

- I'm not moving on again...

- I had to do it!

- One day you'll understand.

- What, when I'm older?

You have no idea, no f***ing idea

of what I do for you!

- You did that for me? - Pack!

- I liked it here.

I said pack!

- Who was he?

- No one.

Mother was bathing

her baby one night

youngest of 10

and a poor little mite

Mother was fat

and the baby was thin

it was nought but a


wrapped up in skin

Mother turned 'round

for the soap from the rack...

- Thank you!

- All right, see you, girls.

You'll have a look at

the greenhouse, eh?


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Moira Buffini

Buffini was born in Cheshire to Irish parents, and studied English and Drama at Goldsmiths College, London University (1983–86). She subsequently trained as an actor at the Welsh College of Music and Drama. For Jordan, co-written with Anna Reynolds in 1992, she won a Time Out Award for her performance and Writers' Guild Award for Best Fringe play.[2] Her 1997 play Gabriel was performed at Soho theatre, winning the LWT Plays on Stage award and the Meyer-Whitworth Award. Her 1999 play Silence earned Buffini the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for best English-language play by a woman. Loveplay followed at the RSC in 2001, then Dinner at the National Theatre in 2003 which transferred to the West End and was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Comedy. more…

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