Tilda Swinton is Emma Recchi, a middle-aged Russian woman in a loveless marriage.
Her husband is the head of a powerful and connected Italian family.
Emma’s son’s best friend is Antonio, a chef with dreams. To Emma he is dreamy and wakens passion in her that disappeared long ago.
I didn’t love I Am Love. A lot of critics did. Some thought it one of 2009‘s best movies. You might, too. Other than how it is done, I can’t say I even liked the movie at all.
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Admittedly, I Am Love is beautiful. Director Luca Guadagnino gets a high mark for the landscapes, the homes, the art, set decoration, costumes — everything about it is a visual feast.
If only Guadagnino put some life into all that beauty. His movie is a soap opera, a story as sterile as the surrounding sets and as lifeless as Emma’s marriage.
Mr. Movie rating: 3 1/2 stars
Rated R for mature themes, nudity. It plays at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 only at the Battelle Auditorium.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.