I Am Love (2009)

I Am Love Tilda Swinton

I Am Love – Luca Guadagnino

Io sono l’amore (original title)

Summary:  Over two decades ago, Emma (Tilda Swinton) left her home in Russia to marry Tancredi Recchi (Pippo Delbono), an Italian businessman.  Now living in Milan, her husband runs a successful and family-run textile factory, with two sons and one daughter.  One of her sons, Edoardo Jr. (Flavio Parenti), a jockey, loses a race on the day of his father’s birthday, yet his spirits are seemingly not dampened when he arrives at the family dinner party afterwards.  The winner of the race interrupts the dinner later in the evening to bring Edoardo Jr. a beautiful cake as a gift.  Edoardo Jr. invites him in and briefly introduces him to his mother, Emma, yet Antonio (Edoardo Gabbriellini) declines to stay.  Edoardi Jr. and Antonio soon become close friends, looking to open a restaurant together, however his introduction to the family will not only bring them closer together, but also looks to pull them apart. 

My Review: I Am Love was beautiful.  You get a real sense of the (very) affluent family’s setting living in Milan, but also the unease that a major disruption is on its way.  The set, mostly within a beautiful Italian mansion, to begin with, then gracing across the sumptuously sun-kissed European continent, the cast and their clothing attire, flows all so seamlessly, as does Tilda’s Italian dialogue.  This, however, is not the true reward of her performance and instead lies in her quiet surrender.   The chaotic spin of events nearing the end of film mimics that delirious feeling love can consume you within.  Very emotional, enjoyable and of course very chic – a wonderful watch, in every way.

My Rating: 4/5

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