San Diego Art House Movies Message Board › New Meetup: Second Chance for I Am Love
Announcing a new Meetup for San Diego Arthouse Movies!
What: Second Chance for I Am Love
When: Sunday, August 1, 2010 6:45 PM
Where: Landmark Theater Hillcrest
3965 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
I Am Love tells the story of the wealthy Recchi family, whose lives are undergoing sweeping changes. Eduardo Sr. (Gabriele Ferzetti), the family patriarch, has decided to name a successor to reign over his massive industrial company, surprising everyone by splitting power between his son Tancredi (Pippo Delbono), and grandson Edo (Flavio Parenti). But Edo dreams of opening a restaurant with his friend Antonio (Edoardo Gabbriellini), a handsome and talented chef. At the heart of the family is Tancredi's wife Emma (Tilda Swinton), a Russian immigrant who has adopted the culture of Milan. An adoring and attentive mother, her existence is shocked to the core when she falls quickly and deeply in love with Edo's friend and partner Antonio, and embarks on a passionate love affair that will change her family forever.
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Theatre web site: http://www.landmarkth...
The movie starts at 7:10. We will meet in the lobby by the bench and go into the theatre at 7:00.
Free parking for 3 hours in underground parking garage or park on the street for free on Sundays.
This year, Italians have kept the deluxe art film alive. Fist there was Marco Bellocchio’s “Vincere,” visually operatic and deliciously over the top. Now there is Luca Guadagnino’s “I Am Love,” visually operatic and deliciously over the top.
It is about an elegantly wealthy family in Milan, the Recchis. At a dinner the patriarch passes the baton of power over the textile factory to son Tancredi (Pippo Delbonno), a man of tact and discipline. Both know the buried family secret: past collaboration with the old Mussolini regime.
Tancredi’s one act of mild rebellion was to have married a pretty lass he met in Russia. Re-named Emma (Tilda Swinton), she has deeply assimilated. The children are grown, but Emma is jarred from her torpor as a chic, rather bored matriarch (her main confidante is a devoted servant). Her daughter gets into a daring romance in London. Her son Edo (Antonio Biscaglia) has found a lovely girl, but seems more excited by the plans of new friend Antonio (Edoardo Gabbriellini), a young chef who plans to open a country restaurant offering the finest in fresh, organic cuisine.
Antonio’s prawn dish awakens Emma, as if it were Proust’s famous pastry. It stirs the appetites of her Slavic heart. “I Am Love” has one of the sexiest love scenes yet filmed, worthy of D.H. Lawrence. The whole movie is a multiple orgasm: enraptured shots of the Deco-swank Recchi mansion; Swinton’s face as an objet de luxe; Milan beautified by snow; Emma’s hair coil echoing Kim Novak’s in “Vertigo”; pearls glowing in the dark; old statues weeping in the rain. This may be the most sensual rush of refined taste in Italian film since “The Conformist” (1970), aided by a fine cast that includes the always decorous Marisa Berenson, Yorick Le Seaux’s photography and the fast, percussive score by John Adams.
As a writer, Guadagnino is less sure. The London scenes of a purringly predatory, American capitalist feel contrived. Swinton, though wonderfully subtle in her evolution (and Russo-Italian accent), ought to have more words. The topping finale may be pitched too high by the music. But the seduction endures. This is a rare, rich dish for all of us who want movies to break away from banality.
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