I Am Love (2009)
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Writer: Luca Guadagnino, Barbara Alberti, Ivan Controneo, Walter Fasano
Starring: Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti, Edoardo Gabriellini, Alba Rohrwacher
wealthy italian family's love lives, and business. mostly about the matriarch coming into her own happiness. this is a terrible description, but it's the best i can do.
i love me some tilda swinton. ever since i saw "orlando" in my late teens i'll watch anything with her in it. i watched this in two halves over four days. the first half of my viewing session i was totally annoyed with this movie and thought it was terrible. then i sat down today for the last half and found it a wonderful, beautifully directed story. there were long sections of silence, or nature sounds, but it was all about emotion. there were times where i had no idea what was happening and began to wonder about the chronology of the scenes, but i think that was because i was crocheting rather intensely at the time. if i was just watching it i think i would have followed it better. i even pondered if i wanted to finish it, but i'm glad i did.
i guess i shut it off the first day right at the point of change in the movie. it was very fellini at that point, sort of boring and just a focus on the realness tedium of life. but after tilda swinton follows her lust after one of her son's friends it becomes more a study of emotion. you become more involved with the characters and the last couple of scenes are what make the movie. it's like this big explosion of all the pent up feelings. the music was totally fantastic too. at the end of the day i had a hard time rating this movie for netfilx. three or four.