Italian Film Festival

Io sono l’amore (I Am Love)

Info: Italy, 2009, 120 mins, Blu-ray Disc, 19+

Language: Italian, English with English subtitles

Director: Luca Guadagnino

Cast: Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti, Edoardo Gabbriellini, Alba Rohrwacher, Gabriele Ferzetti, Marisa Berenson


  • Monday January 8, 2018 - 2:00 pm

While issues of family hierarchy, class and the new world order of industry are whipped up in short order, the story’s essence is Emma facing an empty nest and realizing how suffocating her life has become. Enter the tantalizing young chef Antonio (Edoardo Gabbriellini). He first reawakens her taste for life with his exquisite culinary creations, and then her passion. That he is opening a restaurant with her son adds another layer of complications." Betsy Sharkey, LA Times

"I Am Love is such a lush, deeply textured banquet of sights and sounds that it deserves more than a movie review." Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

"Soaringly beautiful." Manohla Dargis, New York Times

"Bold, thrilling, and undeniably sensuous melodrama uncannily invokes the pleasures of smell, taste, and touch … Everything dances here: the camera, the colors, Tilda’s eyes, even pollinating bees during a sumptuously shot sex scene." Aaron Hills, Village Voice

Call My By Your Name filmmaker Luca Guadagnino first registered on film lovers’ radar with this opulent family melodrama self-consciously styled after Luchino Visconti’s Senso – but set in Milan at the end of the millennium.

We begin with the Recchi family coming together for a Christmas feast. “The textile business has created their wealth, with the failing patriarch using the occasion to hand the reins over to his son Tancredi (Pippo Delbono) and, in an unsettling slight, to one of his grandchildren, Edo Jr. (Flavio Parenti), as well. Swinton’s Emma is wife and mother to the heirs apparent, a Russian beauty whom Tancredi married years ago and the steady hand that holds the generations together.