I Am Love (Io sono l’amore)~ (Italy, 2010) ~ DVD

I Am Love features a captivating performance by the luminous Tilda Swinton (Emma Recchi), as the Russian emigre wife of the heir to the Recchi family business. When the family gathers to celebrate the birthday of the founder of the family fortunes, all seems well. He announces his retirement and turns the reins over to his son Tancredi (Emma’s husband) – but also to his grandson and namesake Edoardo Recchi Jr. The clash of generations begins. Edo (Jr) wants to preserve the family traditions, while his father is about the bottom line: laying off workers, entertaining globalization and ceding effective control of the business. On the other hand, Edo seems to want to open a restaurant with his friend Edoardo Gabbriellini (Antonio Biscaglia). Although Edo is engaged to be married, he seems to have a deep fondness for Antonio. His sister however, flat out comes out of the closet (at least to her mother and brother). Betta could easily pass for Tilda’s daughter in real life. Betta is played by Alba Rohrwacher who incidentally had a difficult role at this years TIFF in The Solitude of Prime Numbers .

When Emma falls in love with Antonio things get very complicated and things reach a tragic but necessary conclusion.

The cinematography by Yorick Le Saux is truly stunning – a visual treat. The pacing is typically European, it takes the time to allow the audience to follow the movie, feel the emotions, appreciate the look and feel, and lets us think about what we’re seeing as it happens.

Swinton and the cinematography are so accomplished, so visually perfect, that most any other niggling criticisms of the film fade away to a minor quibble.

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