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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as Emma Recchi
as Edoardo Recchi Jr.
as Antonio Biscaglia
as Betta Recchi
as Tancredi Recchi
as Gianluca Recchi
as Ida Marangon
as Eva Ugolini
as Mr. Kubelkian
as Edoardo Recchi Sr.
as Allegra Recchi
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Critic Reviews for I Am Love
The last five minutes of the film are an extraordinary affirmation of free will and self-worth, and redemption for centuries of female characters forced to sacrifice it all for passion.
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.
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.
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.
If you're not in the mood, the whole thing will probably seem pretty silly. But if you are -- oh, if you are -- I Am Love may be the richest, tastiest truffle you're likely to savor all summer.
Audience Reviews for I Am Love
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.
A bit melodramatic but worth watching.
Excruciatingly slow, overblown melodrama.
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