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I Am Love [Blu-ray]
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There's little about the subject that seems attractive, dealing as it does with the lives of an important rich aristocratic Recchi family from Milan, the film dwelling initially on the opulence of their lives, the exquisite furnishings of their family mansion, the elegance of their expensive clothing and the sumptuous extravagance of the haut-cuisine food they as they celebrate the birthday of the family patriarch, Edoardo. At the dinner-party however, the grandfather hands over the running of the successful international family business to his son Tancredi (Pippo Delbono) and his grandson Edoardo Jr. (Flavio Parenti), and although this rankles somewhat, there is clearly a family unity that holds them together and is wary of admitting outsiders.
Cracks are beginning to show however and it's not just in the realities of the family business trying to keeping up-to-date with the workings of the modern business world, but it's shown also in a number of remarkably subtle ways, all of them stemming from the opening dinner-party.Read more ›
After the opening collage of stern, stone facades of a Milan deep in the grey of winter, the interior of the Recchi villa is aglow with rich, warm color. As the servants and Emma work to prepare the table for dinner the family gathers, chatting about the unexpected loss of a race by the eldest son, Edo, to a man no one has heard of--the first disappointment of the evening (Recchis do not lose). Dinner is being prepared for the birthday celebration of the pater familias, Edoardo Recchi, Sr.Read more ›
The Recchi family is on the threshold of change. The patriarch and head of the family business has suitably chosen a family dinner to announce that his son and grandson will now take the reigns. His son wants to modernize and sell the business; his grandson wants to carry it on with all its benevolent traditions.
While this particular piece of glue that holds the family together is coming apart other family members are asserting their independence in different ways. Here, the patriarch's daughter-in-law, a true outsider, a Russian beauty and his granddaughter, her daughter, follow their hearts. This is where the film's visual beauty meets with operatic passion, further illustrated in music by John Adams. The coming apart is both stunning and devastating. The films final images will stay with you for days.
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The movie is just a little bit slow getting in gear. There is a lot of camera panning of scenery and architecture and both are done well. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joe S
The title is almost sacrilegious. There is no love in this film....just a lot of spoiled rich people indulging in selfishness. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Promise
Fairly preposterous. Beats you over the head with themes. Lacks finesse.Published 3 months ago by Misanthrope
Visually splendid, a delight for all your senses, the way it is shot is in your face sensory, sensual experience.. Read morePublished 4 months ago by S. Bastura
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