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I Am Love (2009)

Io sono l'amore (original title)
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Emma left Russia to live with her husband in Italy. Now a member of a powerful industrial family, she is the respected mother of three, but feels unfulfilled. One day, Antonio, a talented chef and her son's friend, makes her senses kindle.

Director:

Luca Guadagnino

Writers:

Barbara Alberti (screenplay), Ivan Cotroneo (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tilda Swinton ... Emma Recchi
Flavio Parenti ... Edoardo Recchi Junior
Edoardo Gabbriellini ... Antonio Biscaglia
Alba Rohrwacher ... Elisabetta Recchi
Pippo Delbono ... Tancredi Recchi
Maria Paiato Maria Paiato ... Ida Marangon
Diane Fleri ... Eva Ugolini
Waris Ahluwalia ... Shai Kubelkian
Mattia Zaccaro Mattia Zaccaro ... Gianluca Recchi
Ginevra Notarbartolo Ginevra Notarbartolo ... Rachele Piermarini
Giangaleazzo Visconti di Modrone Giangaleazzo Visconti di Modrone ... Andrea Tavecchia
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Edoardo Recchi Senior
Marisa Berenson ... Allegra Rori Recchi
Liliana Flores Liliana Flores ... Liliana Macedo
Jimmi Carlos Zuniga Macias Jimmi Carlos Zuniga Macias ... Joso Macedo
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Storyline

Over two decades ago, Emma left Russia to follow Tancredi Recchi, the man who had proposed to her. Now a member of a powerful industrial Milanese family, she is the respected mother of three: two sons, Edoardo who is engaged to Eva and Gianluca that are businessmen and their lesbian daughter Elisabetta that lives in Nice. Emma, although not unhappy, feels confusedly unfulfilled. One day Edoardo becomes partner in a restaurant with Antonio, a talented chef and Edoardo's friend and Emma has a love affair with him. It does not take long before she embarks on a passionate affair with the sensuous young man. When Edoardo discovers the affair of his mother there is a tragedy that will affect the Recchi family. Written by lament

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Rated R for sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | Russian | English

Release Date:

23 July 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El amante See more »

Filming Locations:

Duomo, Milan, Lombardia, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR3,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$121,504, 20 June 2010

Gross USA:

$5,005,465

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,906,568
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The title is taken from a line of the aria "La mamma morta", part of the 1896 opera "Andrea Chénier" by Umberto Giordano. See more »

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Home Cookin'
28 June 2010 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. A really good film from writer/director Luca Guadagnino and a terrific performance from Tilda Swinton. The film centers on power and family and trust and self-discovery ... and the complexities of each.

As a young, working class Russian, Emma (Tilda Swinton) is whisked away to marriage and life in the aristocracy of Milan. She dutifully raises her kids and organizes huge dinners and parties at their mansion as the Rechhi's entertain business clients and their own family. It is during these parties that we realize Emma is technically part of the family, but really is still an outsider. She escapes to her own space once the events are running smoothly.

Being an avid cook herself, she easily clicks with a brilliant young chef introduced to the family by her own son. Very little doubt where it's headed at this point as Emma unleashes the pent up energy she has been forced to hide. While we are very aware that the upper crust has learned to look the other way with infidelity, that's not the case with the Rechhi's and their Russian wife/mother.

The brilliance in the film is that it shows how the younger generation doesn't really fit any better than Emma. The difference is that they are part of the fabric and will be allowed more rope than an outsider. Still it is painful to watch Emma and her son, who can't quite adapt to the family business. Better yet, to watch her with her daughter, who confesses her preference for other women. Emma sees herself in these two, but doesn't have the same freedom. Her best ally is the caretaker who seems to understand the multiple levels on which this family functions.

Fascinating interactions and complex writing make this a film for film lovers. There is so little dialogue, but so much is said with a glance or head nod. Many U.S. writers could learn a thing or two. Must also mention the startling score by John Adams. It is quite operatic, which plays along with the themes of the film.


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