I Am Love
2009. Italy. Luca Guadagnino. 120 min.
Monday, November 29, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
I Am Love
2009. Italy. Directed by Luca Guadagnino. Luca Guadagnino’s third narrative feature is a thrillingly melodramatic story of family business—in more ways than one. Set in the haut bourgeois world of modern-day Milan, the film ushers us into the seemingly perfect world of sumptuous elegance inhabited by the Recchi dynasty, whose fortune is built on its successful textile manufacturing business. After the firm’s founder and patriarch transfers co-control of the company to his son Tancredi and grandson Edoardo, Tancredi’s wife, Emma (Tilda Swinton), feels pangs of empty-nest syndrome and a growing sense of living in a gilded cage—until she finds herself led down an unlikely path by unexpectedly stirring desire. This compelling yet oh-so restrained drama of the eternal conflict between family ties and personal fulfillment unfolds with dazzling visual style, propelled by John Adams’s distinctive staccato score. “Odes to old-school foreign films don’t get more sensual—or satisfying— than this…. Would be a fest highlight even if it didn’t give Tilda Swinton the desire-driven grande dame performance of her career” (Time Out New York). Print courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. 120 min.