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Adam And Eve (Still)

In "Adam and Eve (Still)," the title couple soldiers on with post-punk inflected wardrobe and an impressive lack of enthusiasm thousands of years after being evicted from the Garden of Eden. Fascinatingly abrasive patience-tester by writer-director Ivan Avila Duenas is as original as it is exasperating.

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With: Diana Lein, Junior Paulino, Raul Adalid, Marta Riveros, Marta Aura.

No matter how much you like sex, it stands to reason that you’d run out of things to try if you were blessed — or cursed — with eternal life. In “Adam and Eve (Still),” the title couple soldiers on with post-punk inflected wardrobe and an impressive lack of enthusiasm thousands of years after being evicted from the Garden of Eden. Fascinatingly abrasive patience-tester by writer-director Ivan Avila Duenas, in his first feature after 15 years of shorts, is as original as it is exasperating, though its visual inventiveness pegs him as a singular talent.

Promising start features stop-action animation of Adam and Eve compounding their error of eating from the Tree of Knowledge by having a nosh at the Tree of Life on their way out. Rendered immortal, they’re next seen in youthful human form in the slums of contempo Mexico City — and, boy, are they bored. Bisexual, dabbling in cooking and collage making, they speak little but understand each other perfectly. Buenos Aires and Sao Paolo are no more fun than anyplace else they’ve explored. And though they can’t die, their lovers can.

Adam And Eve (Still)

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Production: A 13 Lunas, Conaculta, Imcine, Foprocine production. (International sales: Imcine, Mexico City.) Produced Ivan Avila Duenas. Executive producers, Elsa Reyes, Alejandro Saevich. Directed, written by Ivan Avila Duenas.

Crew: Camera (color), Ciro Cabello, Alejandro Cantu; editors, Ivonne Fuentes, Avila Duenas; music, Rosino Serrano; art director, Ivonne Fuentes; costume designers, Lulu del Valle, Junior Paulino. Reviewed at Chicago Film Festival (New Directors), Oct. 9, 2004. Original title: Running time: 100 MIN.

With: With: Diana Lein, Junior Paulino, Raul Adalid, Marta Riveros, Marta Aura.

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