Iíve 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, itís a film featuring a bunch of well-dressed Italian, eating lots of great food while living in picturesque locations. Itís 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 LíAVENTURA, ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST, and as Marc-Ange Draco in my personal favorite Bond outing, ON HER MAJESTYíS 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 heís 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.