I recently came back from Italy, so I was happy to go and watch an Italian movie set in Milan. As a review of the film I read after seeing it declared, "A film I wasn't waiting for by a filmmaker I was unaware of just shows up and blows me away. I like that." Absolutely right. I Am Love is just amazing, particularly from the style and art direction perspective. It's a very simply story of the Recchi family, uber-rich and stifling, whose lives are done and undone by events that unfold. Secret romance and tragic results are the focus, and the film does veer a little into melodrama at the end, but when I say it doesn't matter, I really mean it, because the beauty of the film is greater than the sum total of its parts. The cinematography is amazing--lingering shots and amazing locations thread this story together in profound ways. It is an Italian film but it stars Tilda Swinton, and she just pulls you into her unraveling world with her melancholy and awakening that occurs through her surprise life encounter. There is a sex scene that was truly jaw-dropping in its sensuality--has to be seen, experienced, so I won't give details, other than to say that nudity, which is minimal, is not not makes it so wild. I figure that a film like this is going to draw a line in the sand--there is no middle ground here, it will be a love or hate equation--I fall, as you can tell, into the 'love' category, I just got caught up in the way the film was put together and enjoyed the wild and beautiful ride.