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The movie centers around the Recchi family, who has made a fortune in the textile industry in Milan. In the opening moments, we learn the head of the family is ready to retire and passes the reigns of power to his son and one of his grandsons. This act opens the door to other family changes, none of which is easy.
I can see why I Am Love makes so many "best food movies" lists. Most of the important events take place at feasts, restaurants, and in kitchens. Some of the food scenes are absolutely sensuous; I've never had prawns affect me quite the way they did Emma Recchi, the Russian wife and mother to the new heads of the family business. Other meals were quite formal, as you'll notice if you watch the trailer.
I can also understand why the film has won much acclaim. Tilda Swinton, who plays Emma, is outstanding. It's hard to describe just how emotional her performance is. Truly impressive. Flavio Parenti and Alba Rohrwacher, who play Emma's children, and Edoardo Gabbriellini, who plays a chef, are also almost flawless in their roles. In addition, the cinematography--especially the use of light and the camera angles--is not to be missed. The film is beautiful.
Unfortunately, the movie dragged a bit for me, and I felt the growing suspicion / tension that something bad was going to happen was drawn out a little too much. In addition, I was sorry some of the side issues were glossed over so quickly.
In the long run, though, I Am Love is worth your time. It's an emotionally powerful movie, and, seriously, those food scenes are wonderful. One thing to know: the film is mostly in Italian with English subtitles.
I Am Love is available on DVD and via streaming.