Yasmin Eshref


Lo Sono L’Amore
April 17, 2010, 1:49 pm
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I’ve been a massive Tilda Swinton fan ever since I saw her in Absent Presence, Hussein Chalayan’s short film for the Venice Bienalle back in 2005, which is why I rushed out to see her lead the way in I Am Love, Luca Guadagnino’s new film about repression and the upper classes in late 90’s uber-fashionable Milan.

The film is not fantastically easy to watch- it’s intense, dramatic and at times verges on being a little gratuitously arty (even for me!) but you potentially won’t see a film more beautifully shot this year.

 The film’s score, provided by John Adams, is perfectly matched to the action (think dreamy strings accompanying shots of blooming heather and sun drenched Italian mountain ranges) the Jill Sander and Fendi wardrobe collaborations are utterly chic and as might be expected in an Italian Arthouse production- the sex scenes of the movie are that rare combination; tasteful and highly erotically charged without ever straying into Eurotrash territory.

 I went to see the film at the Curzon cinema in Chelsea, one of my favourite places to watch movies in London (besides my bedroom, and the Prince Charles in Leicester Square), but it is open nationwide now, and definitely deserves 120 minutes of your time.