Movie #78 I Am Love
(2009, Italy, d. Luca Guadagnino)
A very buzzed film worldwide with almost zero potential to ever be a box office hit, I Am Love is a tender and thoughtful look at an upper class Italian family. Tilda Swinton plays the matriarch and gives an incredible performance as the anchor to the film, even speaking fluent Italian with traces of a Russian accent for the role. The piece takes a look at the family from the father and mother mostly but occasionally glances into the lives of a few of the children to contrast. For the most part, the film feels devoid of any real emotion and love, an incredible contrast to the rich color and beautiful architecture these characters inhabit. It is only when Swinton’s character is introduced to a love that exists naturally and against all social expectation through her daughter does she begin to think differently. It is with a chef at her house, then, does she take action. Her life is slowly injected with a sense of meaning and passion, depicted through the colors of food and of the nature settings where Guadagnino’s camera takes us. Apart from the cinematography and direction, the film’s occasionally driving score did wonders for the film, reminiscent of the 2007 picture by Joe Wright, Atonement.
N.B. I’m exactly seven movies/days behind in this Challenge, so I’m hoping I will be able to catch up on those over the next two weeks. Also, I had a photo shoot last night for my MAD Challenge with a great friend of mine named Justin Bettman. He’s an incredible photographer so be sure to check out his blog.