Friday, December 31, 2010

I Am Love (Io sono l'amore) (2009)

Director: Luca Guadagnino. Cast: Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti, Edoardo Gabbriellini. 120 min. Rated R. Italy. Romance.

A Russian-born lady (Swinton in an incredible trilingual role) decides to revolt against her luxurious aristocratic Italian family, and rediscover her long-lost identity. It's all about having the courage to "be yourself", and avoid pretending to be another. This beautifully filmed work is featured in some of 2010's top 10 lists, but I have to admit: I couldn't relate. The drama was too distant for someone not in the situation to understand (or maybe I've been there but never noticed). Fans of Merchant-Ivory films (Howard's End, Remains of the Day) would have field trip here.

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