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Issue: Winter 2010

I Am Love (2009) movie review

Family and Love


Emma is the Russian-born wife of a wealthy Italian industrialist. The story opens on the snowy night of the family patriarch's birthday. That night a young chef who shared a winning race with Emma's son comes to the house.

Happy is a word that makes one sad.

I Am Love was seven years in the making and is edited equally slowly.

Although Emma's family experiences love and loss over the period of the film, the slowness of the film's delivery distances the audience from the characters. Giving the audience time to think gives them time to think about other things than the emotional lives of the characters.

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Movie poster, I Am Love

Beautiful, yet cold, like the villa in a cold grey snow-covered night.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 24 June 2010
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Title: I Am Love (2009)
Written by: Luca Guadagnino (story) Luca Guadagnino (screenplay) & Barbara Alberti (screenplay) & Ivan Cotroneo (screenplay) & Walter Fasano (screenplay)
Directed by: Luca Guadagnino
Running time: 120 mins

The Players: Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti

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