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Io sono l'amore (2009)

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Emma left Russia to live with her husband in Italy. Now a member of a powerful industrial family, she is the respected mother of three, but feels unfulfilled. One day, Antonio, a talented chef and her son's friend, makes her senses kindle.

Director:

Luca Guadagnino

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Barbara Alberti (screenplay), Ivan Cotroneo (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tilda Swinton ... Emma Recchi
Flavio Parenti ... Edoardo Recchi Junior
Edoardo Gabbriellini ... Antonio Biscaglia
Alba Rohrwacher ... Elisabetta Recchi
Pippo Delbono ... Tancredi Recchi
Maria Paiato Maria Paiato ... Ida Marangon
Diane Fleri ... Eva Ugolini
Waris Ahluwalia ... Shai Kubelkian
Mattia Zaccaro Mattia Zaccaro ... Gianluca Recchi
Ginevra Notarbartolo Ginevra Notarbartolo ... Rachele Piermarini
Giangaleazzo Visconti di Modrone Giangaleazzo Visconti di Modrone ... Andrea Tavecchia
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Edoardo Recchi Senior
Marisa Berenson ... Allegra Rori Recchi
Liliana Flores Liliana Flores ... Liliana Macedo
Jimmi Carlos Zuniga Macias Jimmi Carlos Zuniga Macias ... Joso Macedo
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Storyline

Over two decades ago, Emma left Russia to follow Tancredi Recchi, the man who had proposed to her. Now a member of a powerful industrial Milanese family, she is the respected mother of three. But Emma, although not unhappy, feels confusedly unfulfilled. One day Antonio, a talented chef and her son's friend and partner, makes her senses kindle. It does not take long before she embarks on a passionate affair with the sensuous young man. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | Russian | English

Release Date:

23 July 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El amante See more »

Filming Locations:

Duomo, Milan, Lombardia, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€3,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$121,504, 20 June 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,005,465

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,906,568
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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When a character's head strikes a brick in a fall, the brick wobbles. See more »

Quotes

Elisabetta Recchi: Happy is a word that makes one sad.
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Soundtracks

I Giardini di Eros
By Giuseppa Romeo, Maria Antonietta Sisini
Performed by Giuni Russo
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A complete disappointment
14 December 2009 | by jean-leeSee all my reviews

This movie was a complete disappointment. As someone who thinks Tilda Swinton can do no wrong, I rushed to see it. Swinton isn't bad, but the film is an incoherent mess. Beautiful house, costumes and actors, but no story, no characters (let alone character development), and a director who has no idea where to put the camera or what the effect might be. It feels like a student film made by someone with access to a steadicam and crane, but not sure how or when to use either. Badly edited with totally random close-ups, swish pans, and irrelevant cutaways. There is no sense of a tragic love story here, or any love story, for that matter. Swinton's character begins an affair with a friend of her son because of either boredom or her love of his cooking. There's never a sense she loves the man. Even the sex scenes were sadly un-erotic. One can only imagine that Swinton signed on to this because she was eager to use her Italian. Save yourself the time and go watch "The Deep End," or "Michael Clayton" instead.


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