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I Am Love
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Oct 15, 2010 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Luca Guadagnino

Actors:
Tilda Swinton

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
In Milan, a wealthy family of textile magnates is shaken up by the death of their patriarch. Things come to a head when the neglected wife (Tilda Swinton) of one family member begins a torrid affair with a local cook, who also happens to be her sons best friend and new business partner.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I AM LOVE is a film that played to much acclaim earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, before starting a very successful run at the art-house circuit this summer. Controversially, Italy has decided not to make I AM LOVE its official submission into the Oscar race this year, despite it being a shoe-in for the best foreign film nomination.

Ive been anxious to catch up with I AM LOVE, but curiously, I was unmoved by it, and I can actually see why the Italian might not be keen on making it their best foreign film contender. While it has an incredible star performance by the Scottish Tilda Swinton, who effortless performs the entire movie in Russian-accented Italian, and has a beautiful score courtesy of avant-garde composer John Adams, it still strikes me as a shallow film. Once again, its a film featuring a bunch of well-dressed Italian, eating lots of great food while living in picturesque locations. Its the same thing we saw in EAT, PRAY, LOVE earlier this year, and frankly, this stereotype is tiresome. For a truly great example of modern Italian cinema, see IL DIVO or GOMMORAH. Compared to those two, I AM LOVE seems old-fashioned, and shamefully melodramatic, particularly in the hilariously over-wrought last ten minutes or so.

However, one thing I must mention is the fact that I AM LOVE contains an appearance by Italian actor Gabriele Ferzetti, who film buffs will certainly remember from LAVENTURA, ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST, and as Marc-Ange Draco in my personal favorite Bond outing, ON HER MAJESTYS SECRET SERVICE. Truth be told, I had no idea he was alive (heck, he was old in OHMSS, and that was shot in 1969), but hes still around, and gives a memorable (if short) performance as the elderly patriarch, whose death provokes the turmoil present in the rest of the film.

THE EXTRAS
Pretty standard selection of extras with a commentary track and a few featurettes .
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I dunno, perhaps Im missing something with I AM LOVE, but it really didnt work for me in the way I anticipated due to the high praise. It has its redeeming features, such as Swinton, the cinematography, and the music, but on the whole its just a soapy melodrama, and not much more than that.
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