Sunday, July 18, 2010

I Am Love

Tilda Swinton is one of our best actresses and even here playing a Russian unhappily married into an Italian bourgeoisie family, she brings extra layers to the character, all the while speaking fluent Italian. I Am Love is an exquisitely shot film taking place mostly in Milan, and tells the story of the Recchis, an upper class family in the textile business who's professional lives and personal ones as well are about to undergo seismic shifts. The fact that you don't always realize this while its happening, thanks in part to the acting, I think benefits the film. This tragic film unfolds nicely, Swinton is great as always, and the cinematography is lavish. The film does slow down in a few spots, but is definitely worth the excursion.