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Saturday, April 28, 2012

I am love (Io Sono L'Amore) by Luca Guadagnino, 2009 (R)

with Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton, We Need To Talk About Kevin, Constantine), Flavio Parenti (To Rome With Love), Edoardo Gabbriellini, Alba Rohrwacher, Pippo Delbono, Diane Fleri, Maria Paiato, Marisa Berenson, Waris Ahluwalia, Gabriele Ferzetti

Oscar winner Tilda Swinton shows off her multilingual skills in director Luca Guadagnino's atmospheric melodrama in which family dissension, unbidden desire and other tensions bubble to the surface during the patriarch's birthday party. When the seemingly picture-perfect Recchi clan gathers at the family villa to celebrate the great old man, the veneer of civility quickly falls away.

This is dark, very theatrical, staged in amazing decors, a cinematography that leaves nothing to chance. It is as impeccable as Tilda Swinton's role of Emma. Until something breaks that has to do with family conflicts, but also about the excessive effort to conform that is not impossible to handle anymore, love has shaken things up. In a beautiful way, colorful, raw, unexpected and mostly unaccepted by everyone else. The term "belonging" is only a contract in which you need to fulfill your part, and if you choose differently, this is what the movie portray, with an amazing sense of nuance.


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