I Am Love

June 18th 2010
  • Drama/Romance,
  • R,
  • 120 min,
  • Magnolia Pictures
  • Cast: Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti, Edoardo Gabbriellini, Alba Rohrwacher, Pippo Delbono, Diane Fleri, Maria Paiato, Marisa Berenson, Waris Ahluwalia, Gabriele Ferzetti
  • Director: Luca Guadagnino
  • Writers: Luca Guadagnino, Barbara Alberti, Ivan Cotroneo, Walter Fasano
  • Producers: Luca Guadagnino, Francesco Melzi d'Eril, Marco Morabito, Tilda Swinton, Alessandro Usai, Massimiliano Violante
  • Associate Producers: Carlo Antonelli, Silvia Venturini Fendi, Candice Zaccagnino
  • Executive Producer: Christopher Granier-Deferre
  • Castings: Jorgelina Depetris Pochintesta, Francesco Vedovati
  • Costume Design: Maria A. Cannarozzi
  • D.O.P.: Yorick Le Saux
  • Editor: Walter Fasano
  • Makeup: Fernanda Perez
  • Music: John Adams
  • Production Design: Francesca Balestra Di Mottola
  • Set Decoration: Monica Sironi


"I Am Love" tells the story of the wealthy Recchi family of Milan, whose lives are rapidly changing. The family patriarch has surprised the family by willing shared ownership of his massive industrial company to both his son Tancredi (Delbono), and his grandson Edoardo Jr. (Parenti). Meanwhile, Edoardo Jr. has other plans, dreaming of opening a restaurant with a talented chef friend, Antonio (Gabbriellini). At the heart of the family is Tancredi's wife and Edoardo Jr.'s mother, Emma (Swinton), a Russian immigrant who has adopted the culture of Milan, and whose existence is shaken when she enters a passionate love affair with her son’s friend Antonio.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Dolceacqua, Italy; Milan, Italy
  • MPAA Warning: Sexuality and nudity
  • Production Companies: First Sun, Mikado Film, Rai Cinema, La Dolce Vita Productions, Pixeldna, Ministero per i Beni e le AttivitĂ  Culturali

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Lead actress Tilda Swinton learned both Italian and Russian for the part, neither of which she spoke before filming.

2010 Guide Analysis: "Its very European sensibility will restrict Guadagnino's Italian drama to a dedicated arthouse release, but reviews were very strong for "Io sono l'amore" after its premiere in Toronto in the Fall. With homages to Hitchcock and Douglas Sirk, the visually impeccable melodramatic study shows a bourgeoisie family coming apart as long-held back emotional repression breaks free.

Performances, particularly Tilda Swinton who speaks both Russian and Italian in certain scenes, have been praised along with the writing and cinematography. However its a refined style of filmmaking, very subtle with its emotions which, combined with the subject matter, makes it a challenging piece only a few will really embrace."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 19 March 2010: Italy, UK