Correction: France-Cannes-Only Lovers Left Alive

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 30, 2013 at 8:28 am •  Published: May 30, 2013
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CANNES, France (AP) — In a story published May 25, The Associated Press misspelled the last name of the actor Tom Hiddleston. A corrected version of the story appears below.

Tilda Swinton brings erudite vampires to Cannes

Tilda Swinton brings vampires to Cannes, in Jim Jarmusch's indie tale "Only Lovers Left Alive"

By THOMAS ADAMSON

Associated Press

CANNES, France (AP) — Tilda Swinton injects her own brand of otherworldly-cool into Jim Jarmusch's latest movie "Only Lovers Left Alive," an unusual comedy that puts a spin on the age-old vampire genre.

The film, the last English-language entry competing for the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or, sees Swinton play Eve, a grungy but erudite vampire — who's married to a forlorn vampire musician, Adam, played by Tom Hiddleston. Several-hundred-year-old Adam — of Biblical fame — has been living quite happily ever since being expelled from the Garden of Eden.

That is, until the 21st century came along with its excesses and greed and pushed him into a full-flung existential crisis. He cracks, and orders a wooden bullet to kill himself.

With such a wacky plot, it's no surprise the film nearly didn't get made. It took seven years to find a backer — which Jarmusch says is because producers won't take creative risks anymore.

"I wanted to make a vampire love-story...The reason it took so long was that no one wanted to give us the money. It's getting more and more and more difficult for films that are maybe a little unusual or not predictable or not satisfying the expectations of everybody — which is the beauty of cinema, discovering new films of all forms."

He added: "But look, now we're here at Cannes."

Lovers of independent cinema and vampire fans should certainly be pleased the film saw the light of day, or perhaps, night. It quirkily spruces up vampire lore. Adam and Eve are not about blood-sucking and murder — but refined lovers of literature, science, music and learning in general.

When Eve's estranged sister "drinks Ian," a friend, to death, Eve tells her off, saying that in the 21st century people just won't understand such barbarity. (The verb "drink," instead of "blood-sucking," was one of the many moments that provoked raucous laughter from spectators.)

It's not like they can just dump the bodies in the Thames with the tuberculosis sufferers like in old times, she says. Now, in the 21st century, they get their blood from the blood-transfusion section of a hospital. Alongside this, John Hurt plays a vampire Christopher Marlowe, who's still bitter that Shakespeare became more famous.

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