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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Tilda Swinton
Flavio Parenti
Edoardo Gabbriellini.
Directors
Luca Guadagnino.
Screenwriters
Running Time
119 minutes

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I Am Love
Love and languor in Milan


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Plot
The unfulfilled Russian wife of a wealthy Italian businessman, Emma Recchi (Swinton) finds her passions rekindled from an unlikely quarter.


Review
I Am Love
Tilda Swinton unleashes her diva and Italian cinema gets a powerful new voice in this operatic melodrama. Recalling Luchino Visconti’s classic The Leopard, this stars Swinton as Emma, a Russian-born woman who has married above herself into a wealthy Milanese family. Falling out of love with her stern husband, Emma embarks on a mad fling with an immigrant chef her son’s befriended.

Inevitably, her privileged world unravels... Though it drags a little, this stately film never descends into formula, using John Adams’ score to great effect and boldly utilising the flourishes of ’70s Italian genre cinema (zooms, handheld camera) to create something original, refreshing and really very moving.


Verdict
A stately, rich and moving Italian melodrama in the spirit of Visconti.


Reviewed by Damon Wise

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Not quite 'John Adams' score'

It's a little misleading to refer to 'John Adams' score'; it's a soundtrack composed of excerpts from various Adams pieces unrelated to the film and certainly not written for it. And very effective it is too, though there is a little too much of it by the end. ... More

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Posted by Davechoc at 00:53, 30 June 2013 | Report This Post


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I absolutely loved it. And slow my arse, two hours basically flew watching it. ... More

Posted by Deviation at 10:34, 26 October 2010 | Report This Post


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Tilda Swinton plays Emma who is by birth Russian but leaves her native country to marry into a very wealthy and influential italian family. Her whole life is perfect order from the slick couture gowns she wears to the company the family keeps,until Antonio the close friend of her son enters into her life.. Wow I adored this film,gorgeous to look at from every angle and Tilda was superb,a brilliant story that completly enveloped. 4/5 ... More

Posted by Magenta at 10:24, 26 October 2010 | Report This Post


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I really enjoyed this. Thought it was a stunningly realised film, not perfect but still a great piece if cinema; the food motif was used incredibly well, too. Swinton was great, as ever, in an incredibly subtle performance, but the rest of the cast were also good in their respective roles. One problem, the Indian American plot strand. You could argue the necessity of it, but it was over done and the character felt entirely out of place, and not in a good way. It didn't really add anything ... More

Posted by hiptobesquare_x at 00:17, 28 April 2010 | Report This Post


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Swinton is one of my favorite actress right now and its good to see her conture to stratch herself. This is coming up at my local picturehouse next month, and I can't wait. ... More

Posted by ElephantBoy at 00:51, 16 April 2010 | Report This Post


"using John Adams’ score to great effect" EVERY 5 MINUTES... I hate it when music interrupts the film.. hate it hate it hate it! ... More

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Posted by chris wootton at 15:05, 15 April 2010 | Report This Post


RE: I Am Love

Director: Luca Guadagnino Screenwriters: Luca Guadagnino, Barbara Alberti, Ivan Cotroneo, Walter Fasano Starring: Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti, Edoardo Gabbriellini, Alba Rohrwacher Synopsis Set at the turn of the millennium in Milan, Emma Recchi’s (Swinton) affair with a young chef (Gabbriellini) due to the forces of passion and unconditional love, which leads to the fall of her rich family. Review From seeing this trailer, having no knowledge of what this film is, I was stu... More

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Posted by R W at 19:01, 12 April 2010 | Report This Post


I Am Love

didnt like this at all - it was painfully slow, and nothing much happens for at least an hour - ... More

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Posted by moviemaniac2 at 20:42, 09 April 2010 | Report This Post


I Am Love

didnt like this at all - it was painfully slow, and nothing much happens for at least an hour - ... More

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