Tilda Swinton is one of those actresses that's incredibly hard to pin down. From her striking looks to her various roles, Swinton has made her career by being a chameleon. Swinton has tackled a neglectful mother, a villainous white witch, and even took up residence at MoMA for a performance art piece. Going back to the realm of phantasma, Swinton can be seen in Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive. For the film, Swinton is the center of androgyny as she plays Eve, one half of a vampire couple whose love has transcended centuries.
For Only Lovers Left Alive Swinton plays a "snobbish" vampire who spends her time listening to rock music, waxing poetic about her time with Lord Byron, and being in love with her vampire partner Adam (Tom Hiddleston). Through her deadpan nature, Swinton delivers a performance that's truly refreshing for an otherwise tired vampire genre. The most interesting part of Only Lovers Left Alive is the story, which proves to be equal parts dark as it is funny. For this vampire-twisting film, the love between two vampires explores uncharted territory. We aren't watching two vampires fall in love with each other, they're already there, and have been there for years and years. They have seemingly gotten over the squishiness of love. What's most enjoyable about this vampire tale is the daily nitpicking Eve does with Adam, and the banter they share. Oddly enough it's because of this quality, that makes Only Lovers Left Alive pretty relatable, except for the whole drinking blood thing.
Tilda Swinton, although a little late, was on hand at the New York Film Festival for a press conference for Only Lovers Left Alive. The Inquisitr's Niki Cruz attended the conference.