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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 14 wins & 26 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The bold and the beautiful 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)
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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
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:
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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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Teen Wolf: The Tell (#1.5)" (2011)See more »

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90 out of 124 people found the following review useful.
The bold and the beautiful, 27 April 2010
Author: susannah-straughan-1 from United Kingdom

The poster for Luca Guadagnino's film shows a regal Tilda Swinton in an eye-catching red dress surrounded by her sober-looking family. In another version, the frock has undergone a cheeky digital makeover to a shocking pink that matches the movie's bold, declaratory title. The symbolism might seem a little obvious, but this is a story in which one woman's passion comes bursting to the surface – with tragic consequences.

"Something part palace, part prison, part museum" is how star and producer Swinton envisaged the house at the centre of this contemporary drama about the Recchis, a wealthy Milanese family. Opening with a series of almost monochrome shots of a snowbound Milan, Guadagnino closes in on the elegant but forbidding 1930s mansion, where Russian-born Emma (Swinton) and her husband Tancredi (Pippo Delbono) are preparing to host a dinner party.

On the surface, Emma is an attractive middle-aged woman, perfectly at ease with her three grown-up children and comfortable within the sumptuous trappings of Italian society. Guadagnino and cinematographer Yorick Le Saux linger over the chandeliers, wall hangings and gleaming napery that indicate decades of affluent living. But as the white-gloved lackeys hover over the birthday celebrations of ageing patriarch Edoardo, we sense that something – or someone – is about to shatter the family's much-prized unity.

Soon there is an announcement about the future of the family textile business, but it isn't the defining event of this opening set piece. Guadagnino's interest lies not in soap opera-style financial wrangling, but in how two of Emma's children unwittingly lead her towards a personal epiphany. First her daughter Betta (Alba Rohrwacher), a talented artist, causes a minor ripple by declaring that she's now more interested in pursuing photography. Emma's subsequent discovery of a heartfelt note inside a CD box reveals that Betta has fallen deeply in love – with a girl.

During the meal, a young man turns up looking for Emma's son Edo (Flavio Parenti). He awkwardly refuses to join the party, but it's clear that Antonio (Edoardo Gabbriellini) a handsome and supremely talented chef, has struck a chord with the lady of the house. So, as Edo eagerly makes plans to open a restaurant with his friend, Emma is drawn into a high-risk affair.

The power of Swinton's performance lies not in her mastery of Italian dialogue but in her gradual, unspoken surrender to passion, over the dictates of convention. This is a film in which speeches are, for the most part, far less important than the sense of underlying tension generated by John Adams's operatic score and Le Saux's restless camera work. Late in the film there's a sinuous tracking shot that follows Emma's impulsive descent to the basement kitchen for a stolen moment with her lover.

Guadagnino's willingness to take risks in the pursuit of what Swinton has called "pure cinema" is what distinguishes this film from other stories of forbidden love involving ladies who are old enough to know better. Epicureans will experience as frisson as Emma is seduced by Antonio's lovingly prepared prawn dish. The lingering shots of those seductive crustaceans could have been ridiculous, but they're another small and believable step in Emma's awakening to the possibility of a new love. When the action moves to the glorious countryside around San Remo, Emma allows Antonio to cut her hair, in an apparent nod to her daughter's recent change of style. Her rebellion reaches a crescendo in the extraordinary al fresco sex scene, shot in huge close ups to the accompaniment of teeming insect life that threatens to drown out everything else.

Guadagnino and Swinton first worked together on The Protagonists (1999) and this latest collaboration evolved over a period of nearly 11 years. It's too early to say whether they can be measured against some of their inspirations –Tolstoy, Flaubert , Hitchcock and Visconti – but there is much to admire in this stylish and well-acted drama.

There are faults: some of the camera placements are too artily self-conscious and Emma's interactions with her husband and children often feel rather perfunctory. Unlike Visconti's The Leopard, this isn't an in-depth exploration of family dynamics buckling under the forces of history. But neither the director nor the star can be accused of timidity in the way they embrace the protagonist's headlong rush towards her destiny. And even the Master of Suspense would have applauded the shocking climax of a confrontation in the garden, which made me jump out of my seat.

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