Io sono l’amore, I am love

by Marianne Wi

If you only intend to see one Italian film this year, make it Io sono d’amore, I am love , although I fail to see why you would limit yourself. I got goosebumps in a good way throughout the film , it is so beautifully shot, oozing class and style  from the first scene to the last, I have seen it a number of times and never tire. Tilda Swinton’s portrayal of Emma , the Russian born wife of  business tycoon Tancredi is extraordinary, her growth from an ice-cold super rich and super organised house wife into a warm exciting lover is exquisite ,it should have won her many awards, I hope she is plotting revenge for missing out on an Oscar.

Director : Luca Guadagnino, is known for his documentary work and has previously made a feature film Melissa P , one that did not make it outside Italy. His relationship with Tilda Swinton goes back to 2002, when she worked with him on a documentary called  Tilda Swinton : The love factory. He will not be known outside Italy although after his  great success with I am Love ,that will change.

Cast : Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti, Edorado Gabbriellini, Alba Rohrwacher, Pippo Delbono, Diane Fleri, Maria Paiato, Marisa Berenson.

Best moment : So many it would be hard to pick one, not one to shy away from difficult decisions , I picked : The moment Emma told Tancredi  that she no longer loved him, there I did it.

Synopsis : There is as in all good Italian films a family dinner, this is no exception as we gather to celebrate the grandfathers birthday. He  marks the day by handing  over the power of his enormous  industrial business  to not only his son, as was expected, but to share it between his son Tancredi and grandson Eldo.  He dies shortly after this dinner and the fun begins. Food is of great importance within the family , occasions often remembered by superb dishes cooked by  Emma ,Russian Fish soup being one such dish. While Tancredi is busy running the business Eldo set about opening a restaurant with his friend Antonio. This perfect Milanese family begin to show cracks in the perfectly polished veneer, when the daughter while studying in London falls in love with a woman. Emma takes this news well and it partly empowers her to have a very hot and out of character affair with Antonio her son’s friend and business partner, as this is an Italian film there can only be one end and that is , family upheaval………………………

Great choise of music  Nixon in China composed by  John Adams is spot on and new to me, excelent is the word.

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