Monday, February 7, 2011

I AM LOVE (2009)

Directed By: Luca Guadagnino
Written By: Luca Guadagnino, Barbara Alberti, Ivan Cotroneo & Walter Fasano
Cinematography By: Yorick Le Seux
Editor: Walter Fasano

Cast: Tilda Swinton

The polished rooms of a Milanese villa ignite with anxious activity as the wealthy industrial family, the Recchis, prepare to celebrate the birthday of their patriarch. It is an occasion designed to ensconce family traditions—the handsome grandson, Edoardo, introduces his new girlfriend; his sister presents another piece of her artwork to her grandfather; and the grandfather, knowing this is his last birthday, names the successor to his empire. As the refined familial machinations unfold, the woman of the house, Emma Recchi , skates along the tight seams of the family, exuding elegance and uncertain turbulence. Change is like a fog at sea that quickly consumes the land.

The film is atmospheric and naturalistic but it also tries to be grand like an opera almost. Since there is limited dialogue and a constant score throughout the film. It makes the film seem more experimental then it needs to be. It’s a ensemble piece but feels more like a showcase for Tilda Swinton. The film plays like a romance novel dipped in sorrow. Yet not as exciting as it sounds. Though when it comes to scenes of actual love and passion the film is on point, but the other scenes that are more or less showing the longing of the characters in the film, It becomes more remote and boring. If that was the intention.It’s a interesting choice but as a audience member it feels indulgent and doesn’t make the film move any faster.

The only thing of note here is the cinematography, It is rich and luscious as is the art direction and scenery. I found the film to be way to melodramatic like a international soap opera played to grand artistic proportions. The ending which seeks to be poingnant that comes off more as laughable. There were very few parts of the film that held my interest. I was bored quite a bit.

I’m sure others will love this film but it really wasn’t for me


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