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I Am Love

Io sono l'amore

Directed by Luca Guadagnino
Italy, 2009
Drama, Romance


Set in Milan in and around the stately home of a wealthy Italian family, I Am Love follows the adulterous relationship between Emma Recchi, the Russian wife of textile manufacturer Tancredi, and Antonio, a talented young chef—an affair that sends the family into serious upheaval.

Our take

Dazzling the senses, I Am Love revives the lavish, elegant, emotionally expressive style of classic 50s melodramas and proves their timeless vitality. It also confirms Tilda Swinton—who learned both Italian and Russian for the role(!)—as one of the best, most unpredictable actors.

I Am Love Directed by Luca Guadagnino

Critics reviews

The director mimics the stateliness of Visconti’s films without any of Visconti’s sense of time, power, or aristocratic refinement; he copies the extravagant plot devices of Douglas Sirk’s films without any of Sirk’s philosophical vision. And his borrowings don’t even suggest an interventionist cinephilia that uses such classics as a touchstone on which to test modern mores. He adopts their mannerisms like a kid clomping around in ancestors’ shoes, and seems quite as awkward doing so.
June 18, 2010
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