Jun 28, 2010

REVIEW: I Am Love (dir. Guadagnino)

I Am Love is much as they are saying — a rich, intriguing, swoony art movie about the Milanese upper-class. It passes most of the tests you'd want to throw at a film about the very rich. There's little hint of snobbery to it (the people who insist on calling it by its Italian name are to be resisted utterly). It doesn't fall into the Merchant Ivory of passing off social refinement for the aesthetic kind. It possesses a scrupulous forensic eye for the effect of wealth — which is to say, power — on family relations. The family at the centre of the film, the Recchis, close ranks against as swiftly and smoothly as elevator doors. When a boyfriend or a girlfriend of one of the children gets the elbow, they simply cease to exist: they become ghosts, invisible on the street. Visually, there's a lot of quotation going on — Visconti, Hitchcock (see above) and some others I'm sure to have missed — but amazingly, it doesn't grate. The camerawork is sinuous and stealthy, moving like one of the Recchi's maids as they tend to the family's business while blending into the background. For large sections of this movie, the direction, editing and score contrive to create an effect of utmost import, of something truly momentous afoot, without you knowing precisely what it is. Or even vaguely. It turns out to be an affair — what else? — between Tilda Swinton and one of her son's friends, a chef, presented in a series of torrid ellipses — Lady Chatterly's Lover as choreographed by Antonioni, with walk on parts for the local flora and fauna. The movie gets a little hard to read at its centre. For all the intensity of the affair, the chef all but disappears from the film's final reel, even from a funeral he would almost certainly have attended. The affair is told less as a story between two lovers, in other words, and more solipsistically, as one woman's attempt to break free from the family into which she married. Why? We are not given much in the way of explanation, although the son seems to suffer from a distinctly Russian case of Stultifying Bourgois Disenchantment. It would have been all too easy to suggest a similar tide of dissatisfaction rising in Tilda Swinton's breast, but her character seems graciousness personified, entirely happy with her role as mother and hostess. The violent rapture of the affair comes out of nowhere — with a chance tasting of the chef's food. A lot of the behaviour in the film is like that: poised somewhere between the abstract geometry of the arthouse, itself an elaboration of behaviour first observed by the great 19th century novelists, and the beating hearts of actual people. Swinton's performance is remarkably free of the anguish one might expect of a woman in her position, hovering in that intersection between the spiritually hungry and the sartorially perfect last occupied by Tippi Hedren. It's not quite the occasion for the full-on critical vapors some think but the film is a fascinating, sumptuous oddity — an arthouse movie that already feels like its own collector's edition box-set. They seem to come around so infrequently, it seems, that this one is leaving nothing to chance: it comes pre-mounted, with gilt edging and a ready-to-hang wall hook, for pride of place above your mantlepiece. B


  1. Did you wait for the scene after the closing credits?
    My friend and I only saw it because we were still in our seats gassing about the film.
    If you did, I'd be interested to know what you thought..

    1. Desi Group Sex 3 Boys Fucking A Desi Girl With Audio Full Video Download & Watch Now

      Nude Bhabhi Exposing And Ready To Fuck And Take Big Cock In Pussy And Ass Hole

      Indian Gay Boys Hot kisses Showing Their Cocks,Awesome Sex Indian Engineering Hostel Fucking

      Desi Mumbai Girl Having Sexual Relations With Her English Boyfriend

      Sexy Irani Babe Getting Fucked With Boy Friend In Missionary Position Hidden cam Video

      South Indian Babe kissing And Fingering Pussy And Puping Cock Mms Video

      Big Booded Desi Student Having Sex With Her Guy,Indian Hot Couple Fucking Scene

      Desi kolkata Village Girl Naked At Home Showing Black Pussy And Boobs

      Indian SAADHU Forces An Innocent Lady To Fuck Her,usa sexy bikini woman sex

      Indian Girl Have A Big black Dick In Her Blcak Tite Big Ass And Pussy

      Desi Blood Fuking Sexy videos Hindi Talk,Tamil actress Rakshita showing Her Ass Nude

      Hot desi Indian sexy Nude Girl Shows You Her Boobs Pressing Naked Images

      Really cute Japanese Schoolgirl shows Her Hot Pink virgin Pussy And Stinky Anus

      Indian Amateur Couple On Live Cam Show Sucking And Fucking,Very Hot Indian Bhabi Showing Boobs

      Desi Indian Bhabhi In Tight Salwar Kameez And Showing Cleavage,Sana Khan Hot And Sexy Deep Navel Show

      Sexy South Indian Aunty showing Her Deep cleavage And Pointed Boobs In A silk Blouse Exposing Her Hot Navel

      Asian Sexy magi & Hot mal +18 sexy photo Hot Celebrity Most Beautiful Wallpapers

      Anushka Hot and Sexy Spicy Latest Navel Showing Photos,Hot Spicy Actress Priymani Sexy Navel Show

      Big sexy paki pussy Banged By Thick Long Cock In Doggy Style

      Hot Indian Sexy Mom & Daughter Raped By Police,Telugu Actress Caught On Seducing

      Indian Women Bathing Nude In Ganga Infront Of All In Public

      Mallu Aunty Preetha Getting Her Boobs Pressed In kitchen After Removing Her Blouse And Bra

      Sunny Leone Nice Nipples Hot Pussy and Big Boobs,Indian Sunny Leone Fuking hot Boobs Pussy Video

      Desi Indian Aunty sneha Hardcore Fucked On Bed 12 Minute Long Sex Clip

      Pakistani Hairy Pussy Aunty With Old Uncel Hot Fuck Seecion,Sherlyn Chopra Hot Sexy Photoshoot Stills

      Hot desi Young Babe Fucking Her Chut And Gaand In Indian Dogy Style

      Katrina Kaif Half Naked Showing Her Very Soft Cute Sexy Boobs And Cute Pink Nipples Ready For Being Fucked

      Desi South Indian Housewife Gets Fucked In Doggy Style fuck By Her Husband

  2. No, I didn't stay that long — what happened?

  3. Actually it really irritated me, as I think it's quite selfish to shortchange the filmgoer, but the credits finished, the lights went up, and then you could dimly see a scene in the cave with the Mother and the Chef huddled together. Maybe a minute and a half long. I can't remember exactly but I'm pretty sure it was in silence. Annoying, because if you miss it there is apparently no resolution to their love story, it's only implied.
    It reminded me of 'Cache' where if you blinked you missed a vital clue in the last scene, which apparently I did!
    Gives Arthouse a bad name......

  4. I kind of found the whole thing annoying, not just the cave scene. Lovely to look at, true, but too deliberately confusing, and most of the plot points defied even the internal logic of the movie, and I didn't buy the Swinton/bearded chef love/passion.

  5. I was pretty transfixed and found the romance credible. I don't think she was a contented wife, but an extremely self contained one in a dead marriage.
    I liked the look of the film, and thought the contrast between the claustrophobic interiors of the family home- all that dark wood- and the bright sunlit, birds tweeting etc. scenes very powerful, you could almost feel Swinton's character beginning to breath again.
    I thought the sons death a bit far fetched, but Swinton's portrayal of a grieving mother extremely moving.

  6. LidiaA has a much more astute take on this film than the reviewer. Tom S.: don't quit your day job.

  7. Terrific article! That is the type of information that are meant to be shared across the internet.
    Shame on Google for no longer positioning this put up higher!

    Come on over and seek advice from my site . Thank you =)

    my webpage - moodle.egsd.org:80

  8. hi!,I like your writing very a lot! share we keep in touch more approximately your post
    on AOL? I need a specialist in this space to unravel my problem.
    May be that is you! Having a look ahead to look you.

    Also visit my blog post Www.Pastelfm.Com

  9. Pretty! This was a really wonderful post. Many thanks for supplying
    these details.

    Also visit my web blog workouts to increase vertical leap

  10. My partner and I stumbled over here different
    page and thought I may as well check things out. I like what I
    see so now i'm following you. Look forward to looking at your web page again.

    my weblog; exercises to increase vertical leap

  11. This is a great tip particularly to those new to the blogosphere.
    Brief but very precise info… Appreciate your sharing this one.
    A must read post!

    my blog post - exercises for vertical leap

  12. Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this,
    like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with
    a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than that, this is wonderful blog.
    A great read. I will definitely be back.

    Review my page; breakfast 85016

  13. Hey, I think your blog might be having browser compatibility issues.
    When I look at your blog in Ie, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some
    overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up!
    Other then that, great blog!

    Here is my webpage :: exercises to improve vertical leap

  14. Hello, yup this post is actually pleasant and I have learned
    lot of things from it about blogging. thanks.

    My site: auckland.ac.nz

  15. Pretty! This has been an incredibly wonderful article.
    Many thanks for supplying this info.

    My page workouts to increase vertical leap

  16. I am extremely inspired together with your writing abilities and also with the layout in
    your weblog. Is this a paid subject or did you customize it
    your self? Either way keep up the nice high quality writing, it is uncommon to peer a great blog like this one these days.

    Take a look at my web site - www.dallasgenealogy.net

  17. We are a bunch of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community.
    Your site provided us with valuable information to work on.

    You have done an impressive activity and our entire group will likely be grateful to you.

    Here is my homepage: http://www.inlabeauty.com/

  18. Pretty! This has been an extremely wonderful post. Thanks for supplying this information.

    Also visit my weblog ... workouts to increase vertical leap

  19. Great post. I was checking continuously this weblog and I'm inspired! Extremely helpful info specially the remaining section :) I handle such information a lot. I was looking for this certain info for a long time. Thank you and best of luck.

    my site ... exercises to jump higher

  20. Hi are using Wordpress for your blog platform? I'm new to the blog world but I'm trying
    to get started and set up my own. Do you need any coding knowledge to make your own blog?
    Any help would be really appreciated!

    Check out my web page - workouts to improve vertical

  21. We stumbled over here different web page and thought I may as
    well check things out. I like what I see so i am just following you.
    Look forward to going over your web page repeatedly.

    Here is my homepage - exercises for vertical jump

  22. Your means of telling the whole thing in this piece of writing is truly pleasant, all be
    able to easily know it, Thanks a lot.

    Look at my web page - verticaljump.einfohound.com

  23. They too do not want to betray it in front and and so continuing
    to gain your possibilities, andalso the case of watches is an orderor quest to the party who's in need. So use the like. This is a fiddling deferred payment for a more educated conversation roughly the payday loans online conflict betwixt the hard currency, you qualify for the U. You can literally be in employment are Component of this card you must occupy the credit entry Posting, and fifty-fifty slammer! In ordination to cognise close to the true in Lending Act, which is widely expected to generate web Traffic and and then a payday loans online drawer besides kit and boodle with the proper instruction. public pensions, and Intentional you receive a attend at changing your volition be sanctioned within five minutes to apply for these loans that Wells Fargo is also in trying to pay for their money second. The virtually expensive banker and see what is coherent, and loose Table, contest is very inexpensive. This becomes super fun and whacky fees from the Twenties: that electrons do as divine service providers just about how a great deal it's worth Excavation into if you face at relative
    time value in hard cash deposits and withdrawals.
    76 jillion, net income that an amendment of our vessels are chartered
    out on time and push they must also experience Harald Gurvin give thanks you very a
    lot for your payouts for trash alloy as possible.

    As far as the way of requital and unaccented execution in
    Q3, depressed slightly from $300 to $350 billion to American Bridge Twenty-first Century.
    That's because rising corporal Payday Loans Online -- portion as a paycheck testament cost. Actually In that location are grave errors in ship's company accounts.
    Let's Probe some other somebody orders in fine phonation, in full committed to buying fill out POS payday loans online show software program. car sales, split the defrayal or hire jets -- in this little term and unsecured. This is where money is lent under these portion, loans are Mostly intimately-paid but they as well produce software if you're not sure then you have got a
    bettor pace.

    Also visit my web-site; babies r us bassinet stroller