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I Am Love

I Am Love

Total Film

November 2010

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Director Luca Guadagnino
Starring Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti, Edoardo Gabbriellini
Cert 15

Film *** Extras n/a

A study in empty elegance, Luca Guadagnino’s Visconti-styled saga of an unravelling Milanese clan sets out to cast a ravishing spell but keeps us at a remove from its on-screen passions.

As a detached Russian-born wife, Tilda Swinton speaks immaculate Italian, blending in well with the lavish décor as she embarks on an affair with a hunky young chef.

But her performance is as unrevealing as the rest of Guadagnino’s beauty pageant: a parade of ravishing wardrobe changes, tasteful bonking and operatic scoring. No more, no less.

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