FC @ Cannes 2019 – Jim Jarmusch makes a zombie movie, plus fighting words from the jury president

Posted on May 16, 2019


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Despite the George Romero name-drop and the genre trappings, this is not exactly a genre film. It’s more a wry meditation on death.

With every movie, even in a Marvel movie, Tilda Swinton keeps making you think: “This is the most quintessentially Tilda Swinton role.” With her ethereal — yet extraterrestrial — air, she’s been cast in one out-there part after another till you think she can’t top that anymore. But just wait till you see how she out-Tilda Swintons herself in Jim Jarmusch’s new zombie movie, which opened the Cannes Film Festival: The Dead Don’t Die. (Without the definite article, the alliteration would’ve worked wonderfully well.) She plays a small-town mortician. And she’s Scottish. And she wields a samurai sword most excellently. And she’s a Star Wars fan. (“It’s excellent fiction,” she remarks. You don’t get the full import of this statement until the end.) And, in her last scene, she gets a send-off that’s just right for a Tilda Swinton character. The scene appears tacked on, at first. But thinking back, it fits. At the risk of a spoiler, let me just say that no one in their right mind would want to stick around on earth, not after what we’ve done with the planet.

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