I Am Love (2010)



Critic Consensus: It stumbles into melodrama, but I Am Love backs up its flamboyance with tremendous visual style and a marvelous central performance from Tilda Swinton.

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This lavish, sprawling drama from filmmaker Luca Guadagnino has drawn numerous comparisons to the films of Luchino Visconti for the grace with which it plumbs the inner workings of the Italian upper crust. Edoardo Recchi Sr. (Gabriele Ferzetti) is the aging patriarch of a Milanese clan that has amassed a significant fortune over the years through shrewd investments in the textile business. Edoardo Sr. has a beautiful wife, Allegra (Marisa Berenson), and the two have a reliable and dependable … More

Rating: R (for sexuality and nudity)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ivan Cotroneo, Barbara Alberti, Walter Fasano, Luca Guadagnino
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 12, 2010
Box Office: $5.0M
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as Emma Recchi

as Edoardo Recchi Jr.

as Antonio Biscaglia

as Betta Recchi

as Tancredi Recchi

as Ida Marangon

as Gianluca Recchi

as Eva Ugolini

as Mr. Kubelkian

as Edoardo Recchi Sr.

as Allegra Recchi
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Critic Reviews for I Am Love

All Critics (123) | Top Critics (34)

The grand architecture of Milan and the icy rhythms of composer John Adams set the tone for this elegant Italian drama about the suffocating power of family, wealth, and tradition.

Full Review… | December 14, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

There's no getting around the fact that this is elegant soap opera,. It won't appeal to every taste. But it's sensational to look at, powerfully acted, and delivers a bang for the emotional buck.

Full Review… | August 4, 2010
Top Critic

Despite a superb cast and a fabulous look, the picture collapses under the weight of its lofty pretensions, especially in the black hole of the last act, where it topples into near-absurdity.

Full Review… | July 16, 2010
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

anybody who wants to experience cinema at its most cinematic and grand should rush and experience it for themselves. It is a truly stunning motion picture and one that ranks as the best film 2010 has so far offered.

Full Review… | September 15, 2013

The predictable end, which comes with an abruptness that feels altogether too constructed, completes the fantasy of transgression that's at the heart of the movie's appeal, however elaborate the trappings.

Full Review… | June 28, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

...a frustratingly uneven bit of over-the-top filmmaking...

Full Review… | March 19, 2011
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Audience Reviews for I Am Love

A bit melodramatic but worth watching.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


Excruciatingly slow, overblown melodrama.

Ross Collins

Super Reviewer


Something like Dallas, Italian Style, 3 1/2 Stars 9-24-12

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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