‘I Am Love’
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Cast: Tilda Swinton, Edoardo Gabbriellini
Forget the script for a second — “I Am Love” is pure visual delight. At the start of the film, we glide into the gorgeous Milanese mansion of the Recchi family, who are preparing for a grand dinner party. It’s during this fete that some of the perfect-seeming family’s issues start to unravel: Emma, played to perfection by Tilda Swinton, is a repressed lady of leisure who has an affair with her son’s friend.
Eventually, as director Luca Guadagnino’s camera focuses on every mundane detail, the pace feels too slow. But more distractingly, it’s difficult to sympathize with rich and well-taken-care-of Emma. Especially when her husband, though a stuffy businessman, seems to truly love her.