16 June 2010

I Am Love

Directed by: Luca Guadagnino
Written by: Luca Guadagnino, Barbara Alberti, Ivan Cotroneo & Walter Fasano
Full credits at IMDb

Though a thematically dull tale of a woman's sexual- and self-awakening, I Am Love (Io Sono L'Amore) is thrilling in its sumptuous execution. It revels in a comprehensively elegant aesthetic: painterly compositions, lush lighting, graceful camera movements, fluid transitions, palatial settings, classical typefaces and brash scoring (by John Adams, no less!). Every luxurious frame is steeped in awesome Old World, and Old Cinema, magnificence...Strange dreams and sometimes-sinister lighting suggest that some melodramatic Reckless Moment is just around the corner, but an accidental and allegorical murder doesn't arrive until long after you've stopped expecting it. In the meantime, Guadagnino engrosses the viewer not with salacity, soap-operatics or the splendid Swinton, but with majestic visuals...

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