The adoring Russian matriarch of a wealthy Italian family embarks on a passionate affair with a handsome chef that sends the family into serious upheaval.
Dazzling the senses, I am Love revives the lavish, elegant, emotionally expressive style of classic 50s melodramas and proves their timeless vitality. And it confirms Tilda Swinton, who learned both Italian and Russian for the role(!), as one of our best, most unpredictable actresses.
Though the italian cinematography and the soundtrack are incredible enough to make this movie memorable, I think I will remember it for Tilda Swinton effort to learn italian and russian just for the role of Emma. That ending was epic, but maybe a second watch will make me appreciate the whole movie a bit more.
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 built 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.
A bit like the classic Italian movies of the 60's. A bit like 'Damage'. Really shows its originality at the end. So much attention to detail. So many styles. I think the ending is polarizing, and for me it made the movie richer.
One of my favorite movies of the year 2009. Excellent photography (look at the beautiful accentuation of small details, curves and lines). And very good use of John Adam's pre-existing music, especially during the final crescendo sequence.
A crisp family-breakdown saga. It leads to nowhere in particular - except perhaps to the titular love (which is debatable) - but it has a stylish and angular stridency which cannot be ignored and it's imagery (especially that set to Adams music) lingers long afterwards.
One of the most stylish and melodramatic movies I've seen in recent years.
I enjoyed a lot the work of Tilda Swinton as a leading actress, and this really put her on the map for me.
The photography is breathtaking and it works as an amazing postcard of Italy!
Like a Ferrari towing a yacht, I Am Love is luxurious but lugubrious and absurd. It wants to be a melodrama, but it also knows that the word has become a slur lately, so it tries to split the difference between opera and glacial Euro-art drama. Swinton is great, because she's Tilda F&@!ing Swinton, but this borders on the interminable.