I Am Love

2010

I Am Love

Critics 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 son, Tancredi (Pippo Delbono). Years ago, Tancredi met, fell in love with, and then married a woman named Emma (Tilda Swinton) amid a trip to Russia, and brought her back home to Milan; their children include sons Edoardo Jr. (Flavio Parenti) and Gianluca (Mattia Zaccaro), and artist daughter Elisabetta (Alba Rohrwacher). The family gathers for a reunion at Edoardo Sr. and Allegra's villa in Milan, but the happy gathering takes a somber turn when Edoardo suddenly dies not long after having lunch with his family. But the death is far from the only pivotal event that occurs that day: Edoardo Jr. also introduces his mother to a chef, Antonio (Edoardo Gabbriellini), with whom he plans to open a restaurant, and Emma finds herself drawn to the culinary artist. Meanwhile, Emma learns that Elisabetta is a lesbian, and though initially startled by this news, she takes the liberation of her daughter as inspiration for her own liberation from confining nuptials. On impulse, Emma travels to San Remo, catches sight of Antonio, and finds herself helplessly drawn to him. Meanwhile, as Emma and Elisabetta undertake their life-changing journeys, all of the men in the Recchi clan outside of Edoardo Jr. feel bound to profit-driven motives -- the commercialism of a class that has long ago shucked responsibility for its workers. This critically acclaimed film constituted Swinton's second collaboration with Guadagnino; they first worked together on the 1999 feature The Protagonists.

Cast

Tilda Swinton
as Emma Recchi
Flavio Parenti
as Edoardo Recchi Jr.
Edoardo Gabbriellini
as Antonio Biscaglia
Alba Rohrwacher
as Betta Recchi
Pippo Delbono
as Tancredi Recchi
Mattia Zàccaro
as Gianluca Recchi
Maria Paiato
as Ida Marangon
Diane Fleri
as Eva Ugolini
Waris Ahluwalia
as Mr. Kubelkian
Gabriele Ferzetti
as Edoardo Recchi Sr.
Marisa Berenson
as Allegra Recchi
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Critic Reviews for I Am Love

All Critics (131) | Top Critics (39) | Fresh (107) | Rotten (24)

  • For something that looks so good, I Am Love could have used a seasoning adjustment before hitting the kitchen table.

    October 24, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A surprisingly typical "unsatisfied housewife" scenario, but set against such a magnificent backdrop, it has every opportunity to transcend its well worn Sirk-by-way-of-Visconti path.

    August 5, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Visually, the film is an aesthetic joy... The performances are (as far as melodrama goes) both downplayed and elegant, making more than enough room for John Adam's excitable score.

    November 5, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's sumptuous, operatic, and swooning with a passion so grand that, like most grand passions, or at least those of other people, it occasionally feels a bit silly.

    May 17, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Before a bizarre, inappropriate happy ending featuring Emma and her chef curled up in a cave, Swinton has effectively left the film, running out in a track suit like she's late to the set of the next Narnia movie.

    April 23, 2018 | Full Review…

    A.S. Hamrah

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    Top Critic
  • A delicious journey... [Full review in Spanish]

    March 21, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for I Am Love

  • Feb 11, 2014
    A bit melodramatic but worth watching.
    Wildaly M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2013
    Excruciatingly slow, overblown melodrama.
    Ross C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 24, 2012
    Something like Dallas, Italian Style, 3 1/2 Stars 9-24-12
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 26, 2011
    Exquisitely directed and acted, with an amazing Tilda Swinton perfectly conveying the discovery of love, this is a beautiful and sumptuous Italian drama that brings to mind the aesthetic and narrative style of Luchino Visconti, growing in a crescendo towards a glorious, explosive end.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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