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I Am Love 2009

The lives of wealthy Milanese family Recchi are changing. The patriarch has willed ownership of the company to his son and grandson, Edoardo. But he wants to open a restaurant with his chef pal Antonio. Then the existence of Edoardo's mother is shaken when she has a passionate love affair with Antonio.

Starring:
Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti
Runtime:
1 hour, 54 minutes

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This is a different film where the language is much less important (in fact quite sparse) than the aesthetics of the visual impressions. It starts quite slow and the pace of the storytelling intensify until it ends in real crescendo, both the plot, the music and visually. It is dealing with passion and troublesome relationships.

In a way the film has biblical proportions. I saw it at the cinema and I think this is a film that is at its best here. No one in the audience even drew their breath at the end - it was complete silence for a good long time when the rolling titles came on. The music was also wonderful and so well adapted to the plot.

Different in a good way - watch it!
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After seeing the poster for the film (considering I am a great fan of Tilda Swinton) I immediately decided to order the movie. I knew in advance that it would be one of those "either you absolutely love them or your find them absolutely boring" movies- luckily for me, I ended up paying money for a film I really enjoyed watching. The story is simple yet powerful- if you watch it from the surface you could characterize it as "bored rich housewife in midlife crisis finds a young and exciting lover, for which karma inevitably comes back to bite her in the ***". In this sense, the film is very reminiscent of "Damage" (starring Jeremy Irons and Juliette Binoche). However, viewed with empathy and a small dose of contemplation, the movie becomes extremely moving, layered, and (above all) genuine. And when I say "genuine"- I imply that the situations as well as the characters are really believable. Unlike the before mentioned "Damage" (which revolves mainly around passion and it's destructive power), "I am love" concentrates on subtly portraying the emotional journey and inner change of Tilda Swinton's character, and it also offers a much more positive ending. In addition (although you can read this in all the reviews for this film) it is beautifully shot and, aesthetically speaking, everything you would ever hope for or expect from Italian filmmakers. In conclusion- whether you choose to buy it or not, I absolutely recommend that you take the time to watch it.
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This is a truly wonderful piece of cinema. It is an ambitious film which draws its characters' emotions in bold strokes , and makes use of a wider range of cinematic techniques to reflect them. Some criticise it for this saying that the end result does not work, but I find its energy and courage utterly engaging.

Emma Recchi is a woman whose elegant life is lived in emotional limbo - the film charts her emotional reawakening. Tilda Swinton's portrayal of her is complex and surprising. She is not set up as a victim waiting to be saved, but a woman who has been unintentionally hemmed in by her choices. She is supported by a fine cast.

I disagree fundamentally with the other review who said here that the film should have ended with the hospital scene - it is only beyond this scene that the theme of the film is truly realised, we break away from melodrama and the completion of Emma's emotional journey is seen. Despite the fact that combination of editing and score of the closing scenes is breathtaking and makes it a joy to watch.
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By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 May 2010
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If you were somewhat sceptical of former Gucci fashion designer turned filmmaker Tom Ford's lush stylisations and emotional resonances in A Single Man, then you'll hardly be convinced by the latest film from Luca Guadagnino, an Italian film director who has worked previously on promotional advertisements for Fendi. In contrast to the stark minimalism of slow-cinema that is currently fashionable in art house cinema, the extraordinarily beautiful I Am Love, as the titles suggests, simply wallows in an excess of sensory and emotional states.

There's little about the subject that seems attractive, dealing as it does with the lives of an important rich aristocratic Recchi family from Milan, the film dwelling initially on the opulence of their lives, the exquisite furnishings of their family mansion, the elegance of their expensive clothing and the sumptuous extravagance of the haut-cuisine food they as they celebrate the birthday of the family patriarch, Edoardo. At the dinner-party however, the grandfather hands over the running of the successful international family business to his son Tancredi (Pippo Delbono) and his grandson Edoardo Jr. (Flavio Parenti), and although this rankles somewhat, there is clearly a family unity that holds them together and is wary of admitting outsiders.

Cracks are beginning to show however and it's not just in the realities of the family business trying to keeping up-to-date with the workings of the modern business world, but it's shown also in a number of remarkably subtle ways, all of them stemming from the opening dinner-party.
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No film will ever be perfect, but if this film was food, it would be michelin starred. The film is beatuifully balanced and with amazing long scenes, an exciting score and flawless acting.
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