I Am Love
   Director: Luca Guadagnino, First Sun, Rated MA, 120 mins

Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino’s somewhat tedious production of I Am Love is a disturbing love story set at the turn of the century in the magnificent city of Milan.
   Also written by Guadagnino, I Am Love it is a complicated melodrama about an affluent Italian family and its matriarch, Emma Recchi (portrayed by Academy Award winning actress Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton).
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   The film looks at the all consuming forces of passion and unconditional love which ultimately result in tragic consequences for the entire Recchi family.
   Besides the wonderful performances of its universal cast is the incredible performance of Swinton who is at the heart of the movie.
   Swinton plays a stylish Italian-speaking Russian woman whose life changes dramatically when the family textile business is taken over by her husband Tancredi (Pippo Delbono) and son Edoardo (Flavio Parenti).
   Feeling more isolated than ever before she soon starts an adulterous and sensuous relationship with her son’s best friend Antonio (Edoardo Gabbriellini).
   In telling this dramatic story Guadagnino appears to focus a great deal of attention (and time) on the passionate relationship between Emma and her lover Antonio more so than the relationships with other members of her family - especially with her son.
   Despite Swinton’s stand out performance and some wonderful settings, the film was slow and languished far too much on the sensual encounters between the two lovers.  And the musical score at times became a point of distraction and irritation.
   Instead of developing some of his main characters or outlining the changes that actually impacted on Emma and her family, Guadagnino’s movie in the end may not live up to everyone’s expectations.
VIC'S VERDICT:       3 Rubber Stamps

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