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At Cannes, Tilda Swinton reveals her secret to living a better life

Tilda Swinton at the Cannes Film Festival on May 19. (Alastair Grant / Associated Press)
Tilda Swinton at the Cannes Film Festival on May 19. (Alastair Grant / Associated Press)

Tilda Swinton has long been a sought-after star at Cannes, not only because of her versatile talent but because she always seems to be be living smarter, easier, cooler than the rest of us.

Such qualities were on display Friday, when at a news conference for her new film "Okja"— which contains pro-organic, anti-capitalist undercurrents in its story about a lovable, genetically modified pig — she offered a prescription for Life According to Tilda. Here's her guide.

"I live outnumbered by animals. You can read them as a lesson to all of us on how to live — loyalty patience, presence, love of a good walk, catching a ball, whatever. The feeling of dedication and simplicity that animals can teach us.

"It's a very important directive at a time when capitalism is really upping its game to trick us that we are more consumers than sentient beings, more than people who love each other. We have to guard against these tricks. And I think the film offers a corrective against this trickery."

Is there a lab somewhere that can modify us all into a Swinton GMO?

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