Watched Jun 23, 2012
I am Love looks great, the performances are fantastic (especially Tilda Swinton) and it is a tad melancholic, being about a mother's regrets that lead her to live through and for her adult children. When the mother meets a chef, she must decide to continue living her life in comfort or choose the path not taken years ago to live a life full of passion. In Tilda Swinton's hands, the mother is a complex character, always subtly struggling with the life she has while missing the life she thought she would have. But even the mighty Tilda can't save this film from being a feature length Italian version of Dallas. For the first 30-60 minutes you aren't sure if the film is about the family or the servants, the shots are pretty even between them. I didn't mind that too much once I understood that the idea was to just go with it and get a feel for how these people live. When it included lots of details of food, then I understood that it really was just a presentation of how these people live. But then it turned into a full blown soap opera with a score that thought the film was much more dramatic than it was. I didn't hate it, but I kept my eyes glued on Tilda the entire time and that saved it for me.