Monday, October 14, 2013

2 on the Horizon

Kechiche takes his time too, giving his film three hours to "breathe," as he put it at the Q&A after the press screening—where he also said that he plans to add 40 minutes more to the final cut. But except when the director spells out a theme a little too literally, foreshadowing Adèle and Emma's meeting with a discussion in Adèle's class of an 18th-century novel that, as Adèle says later, really "puts us inside the skin" of its heroine, the film never feels padded or tiresome. Other scenes that feel a bit over-determined at first, like the meet-the-parents dinner with Adèle's parents that is a too-neat mirror opposite of the one they just shared with Emma's, redeem themselves by building on the symphonic emotional arc that is this movie's backbone, the actresses' nuanced reactions telling us more about the love that is keeping this couple together and the forces that are pulling them apart.

Q: Why were vampires such an interesting subject for Jarmusch?

A: “For me, it was obviously not a horror movie as most vampire films are...I think it's just the overview that it allowed, that they've been alive so long to show a love story that spans that amount of time...we're just observing these characters that happen to be very strange and interesting," he said. "So to be able to see their perception of history over a long period of time was, I think, really attractive to me, and their own love story to span that time was what drew me to it.” “Vampires start as humans, they're not zombies that return from the dead," Jarmusch continued. "So in any case they are not just metaphorically humans. They are humans that have been transformed. They’re still humans so that was interesting.”

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