Guadagnino's best film so far. Like Melissa P., Io sono l'amore is about the search for love and freedom. Guadagnino's film is build on the contrast between sensual nature and the aseptic world of the bourgeoisie: at the beginning, the two worlds are distinct; then, the more the passion increases, the more nature becomes the main character.
The fall of a merchant family after the patriarch leaves the scene. And a love story, of course. The script seemed ambititious in the beginning but in the end the story was actually rather typical, not to say a cliché. But it is well paced and the production values are excellent. Especially the camera work is impressive, as the camera is quite lively throughout the film what makes it feel like an extra character.
A stylized, almost old-fashioned bit of filmmaking that weaves its story of lost identity and forbidden love with much nuance until the overly dramatic ending that doesn't really do the film justice, in my opinion. Swinton is superb, of course, but the rest of the cast convinces too and finds deeply affecting moments in quite scenes. It's absorbing, if flawed cinema well worth our attention.
An epic love story from the first frame to the last, the first note to the last, this film has a huge cinematic and emotional vocabulary like no other, where every character is so well developed and every sub plot is seamlessly and beautifully woven, into one of the most moving tales of forbidden love and courage, to stay true to the self until death.