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I Am Love (2009)

Io sono l'amore (original title)
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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

Writers:

Barbara Alberti (screenplay), Ivan Cotroneo (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 16 wins & 45 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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: two sons, Edoardo who is engaged to Eva and Gianluca that are businessmen and their lesbian daughter Elisabetta that lives in Nice. Emma, although not unhappy, feels confusedly unfulfilled. One day Edoardo becomes partner in a restaurant with Antonio, a talented chef and Edoardo's friend and Emma has a love affair with him. It does not take long before she embarks on a passionate affair with the sensuous young man. When Edoardo discovers the affair of his mother there is a tragedy that will affect the Recchi family.

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Edoardo Gabbriellini said that when he was preparing for the role of Antonio, director Luca Guadagnino told him to watch Clint Eastwood in The Bridges of Madison County (1995) and also Ninetto Davoli in the films of Pier Paolo Pasolini to get an idea of how he wanted him to play the part. See more »

Goofs

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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Composed by Walter Fasano
Performed by Nathalie Tanner
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Emma eventually did the only thing that she could do
11 July 2010 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

During the past decade, Tilda Swinton has proved herself to be a very adept actress. I've never heard of Luca Guadagnino, but their collaboration "Io sono l'amore" ("I Am Love" in English) presents an interesting and slightly chilling look at a wealthy Italian family.

The focus is the fictional Recchi clan in Milan, and Emma (Swinton) is a Russian woman who married into the family and pretty much turned her back on her Slavic identity. Her husband Tancredi (Pippo Delbono) is the son of industrialist Edoardo (Gabrielle Ferzetti), for whom a party is thrown where he announces that he is handing the business to his son.

By this point, it starts to become apparent that Emma's life feels incomplete. Maybe it's the weirdness of a life where one is always surrounded by extended family and getting waited on hand and foot - and how the extended family seems determined to organize all relationships - or maybe it's the surprise at learning of her daughter Elisabetta's (Alba Rohrwacher) lesbianism. But when Emma's son Edoardo Jr. (Flavio Parenti) introduces her to chef Antonio (Edoardo Gabriellini), who prepared the cake, this begins a new chapter in Emma's life.

Throughout the movie, it seemed that the food acted as a metaphor: Emma was starting to taste a whole side of her existence about which she'd never known. Maybe the food and other visuals were a little overstated throughout the movie, but I think that the end result was a good one. To be certain, there was a scene in the movie that made me feel as though I'd just stopped breathing - you'll know it when you see it - and I think that what Emma does at the end is the only thing that she could have done. I recommend the movie.

PS: Marisa Berenson, who plays Allegra, previously starred in "Death in Venice" and "Cabaret". She is the sister of actress Berry Berenson, who married "Psycho" star Anthony Perkins and was in one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | Russian | English

Release Date:

23 July 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Duomo, Milan, Lombardia, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR3,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$121,504, 20 June 2010

Gross USA:

$5,005,465

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,014,663
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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