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I Am Love (2009)

Io sono l'amore (original title)
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Emma left Russia to live with her husband in Italy. Now a member of a powerful industrial family, she is the respected mother of three, but feels unfulfilled. One day, Antonio, a talented chef and her son's friend, makes her senses kindle.

Director:

Luca Guadagnino

Writers:

Barbara Alberti (screenplay), Ivan Cotroneo (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tilda Swinton ... Emma Recchi
Flavio Parenti ... Edoardo Recchi Junior
Edoardo Gabbriellini ... Antonio Biscaglia
Alba Rohrwacher ... Elisabetta Recchi
Pippo Delbono ... Tancredi Recchi
Maria Paiato Maria Paiato ... Ida Marangon
Diane Fleri ... Eva Ugolini
Waris Ahluwalia ... Shai Kubelkian
Mattia Zaccaro Mattia Zaccaro ... Gianluca Recchi
Ginevra Notarbartolo Ginevra Notarbartolo ... Rachele Piermarini
Giangaleazzo Visconti di Modrone Giangaleazzo Visconti di Modrone ... Andrea Tavecchia
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Edoardo Recchi Senior
Marisa Berenson ... Allegra Rori Recchi
Liliana Flores Liliana Flores ... Liliana Macedo
Jimmi Carlos Zuniga Macias Jimmi Carlos Zuniga Macias ... Joso Macedo
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Storyline

Over two decades ago, Emma left Russia to follow Tancredi Recchi, the man who had proposed to her. Now a member of a powerful industrial Milanese family, she is the respected mother of three. But Emma, although not unhappy, feels confusedly unfulfilled. One day Antonio, a talented chef and her son's friend and partner, makes her senses kindle. It does not take long before she embarks on a passionate affair with the sensuous young man. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | Russian | English

Release Date:

23 July 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El amante See more »

Filming Locations:

Duomo, Milan, Lombardia, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€3,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$121,504, 20 June 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,005,465

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,906,568
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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When a character's head strikes a brick in a fall, the brick wobbles. See more »

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Elisabetta Recchi: Happy is a word that makes one sad.
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Staggeringly Beautiful...
8 March 2010 | by JoshuaDysartSee all my reviews

I can't describe the power of this film, and I can't stop thinking about it either. There's a negative review on here that says to go see MICHAEL CLAYTON instead and not to waste your time. Well, if a movie about plot, overly drawn characters and artifice, all shot by the book, is what you're looking for, then yes... this probably isn't the movie for you.

But if you like people more than stories. If you want to see film-making at its most graceful and organic and inventive, if you want a musical score that will turn a sidelong glance into an operatic overture, then this IS the movie for you. It is a baroque masterwork. A cathedral of a film. Cold as stone but inspiring the soul.

Tilda Swinton is a goddess. She says so little, but communicates so much. There's an entire ocean of emotion inside or her, spilling out of her eyes. I cried twice at this film. Once because of the subject matter and then again at the delicacy of the film-making. Don't let people with conservative tastes and conventional ideas of film and story tell you not to go see this movie. They are robbing you of experiencing pure emotive cinema.


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