Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
Rating Explanation: for sexuality and nudity.
Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review: A visually stunning Italian melodrama with an explosive score by John Adams and a memorable performance by Tilda Swinton.
Tilda Swinton ... Emma Recchi
Flavio Parenti ... Edoardo
Edoardo Gabbriellini ... Antonio
Alba Rohrwacher ... Elisabetta
Pippo Delbono ... Tancredi
Diane Fleri ... Eva Ugolini
Maria Paiato ... Ida Roselli
Marisa Berenson ... Allegra Recchi
I Am Love
In Milan, a venerable family
business is handed down to Tancredi Recchi (Pippo Delbono) and his son Edoardo (Flavio
Parenti) who must take the company into the new millennium.
It's not an easy assignment for Edoardo, who is also planning to open a restaurant with his friend Antonio (Edoardo Gabbriellini), an immigrant master chef who's tasty cooking has attracted Edoardo's mother, Emma (Tilda
Swinton), his attractive Russian born mother. Emma has also recently discovered that her daughter Elisabetta (Alba Rohrwacher) has just dumped her
boyfriend and come out as a lesbian. Before long, Emma becomes increasingly drawn to Antonio's sensual culinary skills as well as his striking good looks and soon becomes involved in a torrid affair with him that ends up causing irreparable damage to all their lives.
I Am Love, directed by Luca Guadagnino
spends long periods building a mood of
doom facing this privileged Italian family. It's a film of
edits and zooms, with the camera swooping over any number of exquisite shots of food and lavish countryside locations throughout northern Italy and the south of France. Tilda Swinton gives a memorable performance as the stifled wife, expressing her indiscretions as if her
heart was ready to explode. But, despite an erratically explosive score by John Adams, the film seems to promise excitement that it never actually
delivers. It's a frustration that becomes increasingly evident, and despite a frenzied emotional payoff, we're left feeling that we've spent much too long watching too many characters that we know too little about. Nevertheless, this sumptuous melodrama is both a feast for the eyes and the ears as it moves on to its dramatic climax.