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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 16 wins & 29 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Felt Distant and Contrived 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
Elio Terribili .... special effects
 
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:
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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 calligraphic lettering in the opening sequence and movie poster is by artist Luca Barcellona.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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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Felt Distant and Contrived, 1 August 2010
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

Attempting to revive the golden age of Italian cinema that featured such greats as Rossellini, Fellini, Visconti, Pasolini, and others, Luca Guadagnino has fashioned a sumptuous, elegant, and physically beautiful film called I Am Love or in its Italian title Lo Sono Amore. Unfortunately, while the film has moments of emotional power, it fails to coalesce into a satisfying whole and ends up feeling more pretentious than penetrating.

Written by Barbara Alberti, Ivan Cotroneo, Walter Fasano and Guadagnino and based on a story by the director, the film begins in snowy Milan in the winter. The very wealthy Recchi family, owners of a textile factory that it is hinted supported Musolini and the Fascists during the war, is having a dinner party in their aristocratic house catered by a host of servants wearing white gloves. The elderly grandfather and patriarch of the family Edoardo Sr. (Gabrielle Ferzetti) is about to retire, evoking the Visconti film, The Leopard. Shockwaves roll throughout the gathering, however, when he names both his son Tancredi (Pippo Delbono) and his handsome grandson Edo (Flavio Parenti) as joint controllers of the business. Befitting the family's pride, when Edo tells the group that he has come in second in a race, the elderly patriarch says "The Recchis never lose." The Russian born Emma (Tilda Swinton) is Tancredi's wife and mother of three grown children, sons Edo and Gianluca (Mattia Zacarro), and artist and photographer daughter Betta (Alba Rohrwacher). Though on the surface she is a loyal and supporting wife and mother and has made a complete adjustment to the Italian bourgeois way of life, underneath there is a growing boredom and discontent as sensed by her servant Ida (Maria Paiato). We get a hint of this stirring when daughter Betta reveals to her that she is a Lesbian and is in love with a fellow classmate in England. The longing for adventure crystallizes further when she meets Edo's friend Antonio (Edoardo Gabbriellini) who is a master chef who is planning to open a restaurant with Edo.

Joining her mother-in-law Allegra (Marisa Berenson) and Edo's girl friend Eva (Diane Fleri) for lunch, Emma's senses are fully awakened while eating prawns prepared by Antonio. Passing through San Remo on a trip to Nice to attend an exhibition to which she has been invited by daughter Betta, Emma unexpectedly bumps into Antonio who eagerly invites her to view the restaurant site. Despite the fact that Antonio is probably 10 to 15 years younger than her, this chance encounter leads to a bursting forth of Emma's tightly controlled sexual inhibitions and a swirl of passionate lovemaking in the rustic countryside, their engaged body parts mirrored by close-up shots of flowers and insects in a very poetic but overly aestheticized manner.

Reminiscent of Ibsen's 1879 play The Doll's House, the main thrust of the film is the repression of an upper class woman who suddenly discovers that there should be more zest to her life, presumably triggered by her daughter's openness in discussing her sexual preference. The love affair, however, triggers many changes in the Recchi family, both economically and psychologically. Tancredi is forced to sell their business to an Indian investor who explains that "capitalism is democracy". The scenes in London with the financiers are very strong but are treated as a minor sub-plot with the emphasis quickly given over to the family's psychological distress.

When Edo puts two and two together and realizes his mother's sexual adventures with his best friend, the result is tragedy for the entire family, a series of events handled by the director in an involving but melodramatic fashion. Though Emma has been praised by some for the courage she shows in breaking away from a static marriage, one wonders if a greater courage would perhaps have been shown if she had gotten in touch with the love she once had for her husband, fulfilled her solemn oath, "till death do us part", and resumed her responsibilities as a caring mother. While I was moved by much of the visual beauty of the film and the idea of breaking with tradition and listening to the voices within, I was infrequently emotionally involved with the characters and I Am Love felt distant and often contrived.

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