|I Am Love (Italy; 120
directed by: Luca Guadagnino
starring: Tilda Swinton; Flavio Parenti; Edoardo Gabbriellini; Alba Rohrwacher; Pippo Delbono; Diane Fleri; Marisa Berenson
Thom says: "This might well end-up as my TOP FILM for TIFF. Of course, must-see Tilda Swinton is a great help and here she totally shines as a Russian émigré married to an extremely wealthy Italian industrialist, whose company is on the verge of a merger with a Japanese conglomeration. The film begins with a lavish dinner party where the gathered expect a victory celebration for the grandson of the patriarch (his birthday as well), who is a race car driver. Only he hasn’t won as assumed and the man who beat him arrives unexpectedly to the affair. His real job is a world-class chef and he wants to open a destination restaurant with the help of his rival. He ends up in all sorts of relationships with various family members. There is a fabulous grandeur about the film that explodes with continued excitement as the unexpected plot makes dramatic twists and turns. The film reminded me greatly of the inimitable Luchino Visconti with its sense of haughtiness and despair. The beginning of the film which centers on the outside of the palatial estate looks like black & white photography of amazing perception. I’m not at all familiar with director Luca Guadagnino’s work but I hope to be very soon. I loved how the director made so much of the proceedings ambiguous. Swinton was at the Q&A after the film and I was swooning in my seat as she is the most intellectual actress I know and she had so much to tell. 5 cats "