123. I Am Love (2010)

Madly, deeply, truly

9/10
Directed by: Luca Guadagnino
Written by: Luca Guadagnino
Starring: Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti and Edoardo Gabbriellini

Regardless of how fancy-shmancy your surroundings can be, life can often lose its spark and flavor without you even realizing. For Emma (Swinton), being married into a wealthy Milanese family becomes all too routine and constricted when a passionate affair with an immigrant chef gives her a point of comparison.

It might be a tenuous link, but movies are the same deal. Too often we become so used to films that are constricted in their originality, style and plot that it takes something fresh, daring and entirely different, like I Am Love, to pull us out of an easy-viewing rut.

While the premise itself doesn’t strike one as entirely original or compelling, it is through the film’s visual direction that it can captivate and engage its audience. Visually rich, beautifully directed and powerfully executed through Tilda Swinton’s leading performance, I Am Love draws on a uniquely sensual experience to evoke a highly emotional and deeply complex nature of Emma, her situation and even the family members around her. Through captivating and subtly effective glances, gestures and the textual, flavorsome quality of food, nature and the streets of Milan, I Am Love is a film that doesn’t settle for simply skimming the surface of the emotions and ideas it wishes to convey. Instead, it dives in with an energy that one might not expect in a melodrama.

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