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I Am Love -- A tragic love story set at the turn of the millennium in Milan. The film follows the fall of the haute bourgeoisie due to the forces of passion and unconditional love.
I Am Love -- A tragic love story set at the turn of the millennium in Milan. The film follows the fall of the haute bourgeoisie due to the forces of passion and unconditional love.

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Director:
Writers:
Barbara Alberti (screenplay) and
Ivan Cotroneo (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
19 March 2010 (Italy) See more »
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Plot:
A tragic love story set at the turn of the millennium in Milan. The film follows the fall of the haute bourgeoisie due to the forces of passion and unconditional love. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 15 wins & 27 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A beautifully photographed fever-dream of traditional Italy today See more (108 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Tilda Swinton ... Emma Recchi
Flavio Parenti ... Edoardo Recchi Junior

Edoardo Gabbriellini ... Antonio Biscaglia

Alba Rohrwacher ... Elisabetta Recchi

Pippo Delbono ... Tancredi Recchi
Maria Paiato ... Ida Marangon
Diane Fleri ... Eva Ugolini

Waris Ahluwalia ... Shai Kubelkian
Mattia Zaccaro ... Gianluca Recchi
Ginevra Notarbartolo ... Rachele Piermarini
Giangaleazzo Visconti di Modrone ... Andrea Tavecchia

Gabriele Ferzetti ... Edoardo Recchi Senior

Marisa Berenson ... Allegra Rori Recchi
Liliana Flores ... Liliana Macedo
Jimmi Carlos Zuniga Macias ... Joso Macedo
Piero Castellini ... Sig. Gralierni
Claudia Monicelli Bagnarelli ... Sig.ra Gralieni
Emanuele Cito Filomarino ... Gregorio Sanfelice
Gaia Chaillet Giusti ... Beatrice Tavecchia
Pierluigi Colpo ... Pierluigi Manni
Violante Visconti di Modrone ... Verde Sanfelice
Sisinio Murroni ... Custode
Nunzio Erbetta ... Titolare lavanderia
Andrea Paduano ... Lorenzo Vignolo
Diego Giglio ... Franco Falconi
Anna Esterovich ... Madre di Emma
Honor Byrne ... Emma bambina
Luca Asti ... Dj alla festa
Guglielmo Notarbartolo ... Amico di Edoardo #1
Briano Martinoni ... Amico di Edoardo #2
Lorenzo Majno ... Amico di Edoardo #3
Raimondo di Sangermano ... Amico di Edoardo #4
Damiano Coletti ... Amico di Edoardo #5
Camillo Martinoni ... Amico di Edoardo #6
Elisabetta Priolo ... Madre di Antonio
Sergio Bettani ... Padre di Antonio
Angela Antonini ... Monica Biscaglia
Laura Huston ... Angharad
Martina Codecasa ... Delfine Sanfelice
Ina Neidal ... Sig.ra Kubelkian
Fabio Grassi ... Primario Antonelli
Alberto Magrone ... Don Carlana (as Don Alberto Magrone)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Claudio Bisio ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Maurizio Costanzo ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Tom Hanks ... Andrew Beckett (archive footage) (uncredited)
Elena Pavli ... Dominique (uncredited)

Denzel Washington ... Joe Miller (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Luca Guadagnino 
 
Writing credits
Barbara Alberti (screenplay) and
Ivan Cotroneo (screenplay) and
Walter Fasano (screenplay) and
Luca Guadagnino (screenplay)

Luca Guadagnino (story)

Produced by
Carlo Antonelli .... associate producer
Silvia Venturini Fendi .... associate producer
Christopher Granier-Deferre .... executive producer: UK
Luca Guadagnino .... producer
Francesco Melzi d'Eril .... producer
Marco Morabito .... producer
Viola Prestieri .... line producer
Tilda Swinton .... producer
Alessandro Usai .... producer
Massimiliano Violante .... producer
Candice Zaccagnino .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
John Adams 
 
Cinematography by
Yorick Le Saux 
 
Film Editing by
Walter Fasano 
 
Casting by
Jorgelina Depetris Pochintesta 
Francesco Vedovati 
 
Production Design by
Francesca Balestra Di Mottola 
 
Set Decoration by
Monica Sironi (chief set decorator)
 
Costume Design by
Antonella Cannarozzi 
 
Makeup Department
Paola Cristofaroni .... makeup artist
Manolo García .... key hair stylist
Fernanda Perez .... key makeup artist
Kerry September .... makeup trainee: UK
Amber Sibley .... chief makeup artist: UK
 
Production Management
Carla Altieri .... production manager
Federico Contarini .... unit manager
Gennaro Formisano .... production manager
Tom Forsyth .... unit manager: UK
Giulia Maura .... post-production supervisor
Viola Prestieri .... unit production manager
Lorenzo Rossi Espagnet .... assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tamana Bleasdale .... second assistant director: UK
Cinzia Castania .... first assistant director
Ferdinando Cito Filomarino .... second second assistant director
Anna Elisabetta Conti .... trainee assistant director
Alex Grasham .... third assistant director: UK
Stefano Mordini .... second unit director
Alessandro Stellari .... assistant director
Berenice Vignoli .... first assistant director
George Walker .... first assistant director: UK
 
Art Department
Nadine Herrmann .... art director: UK
Katy Milner .... props buyer: UK
Paolo Nanni .... on set props
Maurizio Piraccini .... storyboard artist
Silvia Vigano .... assistant set decorator
 
Sound Department
Paolo Amici .... sound effects editor
Orin Beaton .... boom operator: UK
Italo Cameracanna .... foley artist
Francesco Cucinelli .... sound re-recording mixer
Giancarlo Dellapina .... sound mixer: UK
Enzo Diliberto .... foley artist
Francesco Liotard .... sound editor
Francesco Liotard .... sound
Daniele Quadroli .... foley artist
Daniele Quadroli .... sound effects editor
David Quadroli .... sound effects editor
Fabrizio Quadroli .... sound effects editor
Alessandro Romano .... boom operator
Riccardo Spagnol .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Luca Ricci .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Fabio Barretta .... matte painting
Amedeo Califano .... digital compositor
Marco Geracitano .... digital compositor: Visualogie
Fabio Luongo .... senior compositor: Visualogie
Stefano Marinoni .... visual effects supervisor
Federica Nisi .... visual effects coordinator
Paola Trisoglio .... visual effects producer
 
Stunts
Cristian Campagna .... stunts
David Zamperla .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Boorer .... grip: UK
Pearce Crowley .... camera assistant: UK
Daria D'Antonio .... director of photography: second unit
Pierluigi De Palo .... assistant camera
Luca Dell'Oro .... Steadicam operator
D. Dominic Devine .... electrician: UK (as Dominic Devine)
Jason Dully .... second assistant camera: UK
Marco Francescon .... generator operator
Francesco Galli .... gaffer
Dan Garlick .... key grip: UK
James Holliday .... electrician: UK
Stuart Hurst .... gaffer: UK
Sandro Kopp .... still photographer
Matthew Margolin .... still photographer: UK
Massimo Ruggieri .... assistant camera
Massimo Spina .... key grip: Italy
Julian Wright .... electrician: UK
 
Casting Department
Stella Delleani .... extras casting
Anna Scandola .... extras casting
 
Editorial Department
Angelo Francavilla .... grader
Francesco Garrone .... first assistant editor
Fabrizio Pistone .... digital conform
Andrea Gargano .... final colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jen Moss .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Michael Marks .... transportation captain: UK
 
Other crew
Luca Barcellona .... title designer
Valeria Cavallaretto .... location manager (italy)
Alessandra Caviglia .... body double: Tilda Swinton
Marco Cendron .... title designer
Eljay Cook .... unit nurse: UK
Alexis Delage-Toriel .... press attache: France
Stella Delleani .... crowd marshall
Lucy Edwards .... assistant location manager: UK
Francesca Fiocchi .... product placement
Nerina Fiumanò .... administration assistant
Andrew Georgiou .... accountant: UK
Alex Gladstone .... location manager: UK
Sian Habell-Aili .... production coordinator: UK
Valentina Marianini .... production coordinator
Daniela Moramarco .... production secretary
Lorenzo Rossi Espagnet .... production secretary
Stefano Villani .... production accountant
Hedi Zardi .... press attache: France
 
Thanks
Alessandra Bergero .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Io sono l'amore" - Italy (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for sexuality and nudity
Runtime:
120 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:MA | Brazil:16 | Canada:18A (Ontario) | Finland:K-13 | France:U | Germany:12 | Ireland:16 | Italy:T | Japan:R15+ | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:R21 | Singapore:M18 (edited version) | South Korea:18 | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #45855)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The title is taken from a line of the aria "La mamma morta", part of the 1896 opera "Andrea Chénier" by Umberto Giordano.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Edoardo and Elisabetta meet in London, there's a lot of shadow on the pavement. When they walk away together in the next shot, there's a lot more sun. But the weather can change quickly in the UK.See more »
Quotes:
Elisabetta Recchi:Happy is a word that makes one sad.See more »

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19 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
A beautifully photographed fever-dream of traditional Italy today, 20 April 2010
Author: Framescourer from London, UK

The visual intent of the film is all in the first few framings, beautifully composed aerial shots of Milan in winter. There are all sorts of tepid allusions to a golden age of Italian cinema (this opening sequence recalling the helicopter shots of La Dolce Vita, for example) but the film is more to do with investigating a broader Italian cultural history. Consequently the film deals with a family with some lineage. A basically patriarchal group, the drama is propelled by the actions of the women, the independent-minded Betta Recchi (Alba Rohrwacher) but principally her mother, the Russian emigré Emma, played by Tilda Swinton.

The film is a great example of Swinton's range. She can be the glamorous matriarch, finding exactly the right pitch between her mother-in-law's haughteur and the natural self-possession of the at-ease-with-privilege. She looks quite beguiling in her extended wardrobe. When called on though she can also crumple into a skeletal rack, with opaque eyes and bent with emotional exhaustion. One cannot place her age as her grace, abandon and stoicism are connected with her understanding of the character, not simply how she moves her body. It's fascinating and, I might add, terrifically sexy. The rest of the cast cannot and does not attain this level of involvement although they bear their roles with competence.

Perhaps the film is most notable for two things. Its photography is very fine, almost tangible, sultry but lucid - although I struggled with the insistence on quick, close-passing dollies and pans which seemed strangely amateurish. Above all though this film benefits from the use of extracts of music by John Adams, which at a stroke confers two extra dimensions on the film, giving it a an epic, even portentous sweep and also increasing the dramatic propulsion already on the screen. It's not an infallible conceit - once or twice I felt a bit bullied by this - but invariably it really works. A sometimes confusing but nonetheless exhilarating film. 7/10

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