I Am Love (2010)

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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 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.
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R (for sexuality and nudity)
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Art House & International , Drama
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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 (123) | Top Critics (35)

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
Film.com
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

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.

Full Review… | July 8, 2010
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The overripe ending, heated by the percolating music of John Adams, is heavy seasoning on a delicate dish.

Full Review… | July 8, 2010
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

An intimate, quiet and even slow movie, its subtle shadings veil turbulent emotions.

July 7, 2010
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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, sumptuous Italian drama that brings to mind the visual and narrative style of Luchino Visconti, and it grows in a crescendo until a glorious, explosive end.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A bit melodramatic but worth watching.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

½

Excruciatingly slow, overblown melodrama.

Ross Collins
Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

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