Sunday, January 9, 2011

Oscar watch: I Am Love (Io Sono L'amore)

Unfortunately, the plot for I Am Love isn't especially original (a lonely woman, an affair, an unexpected consequence because of the affair, etc.). Sure, there are some underlying themes that are a glimpse at something unique and new, but I don't know that it succeeds. However, there are a few reasons to catch this Italian film.

I Am Love is a pure showcase for Tilda Swinton's talent. She carries the film and if you are a fan of hers, do not miss this. There is a restaurant scene where Swinton's character is immensely enjoying her meal-- a combination of great acting and cinematography. Cinematographer Yorick Le Saux hits the mark with his luminous lighting and the shots of Milan and the Italian countryside instantly make you feel as though you're there. The score, composed by John Adams, is lovely. Minimalism at its best.

Sometimes art for art's sake, or beautiful aesthetics, can be enough. The movie seems like a vacation to Italy; you get a taste of the culture and themes, but are lacking the real depth of habitation. In this instance just sit back and enjoy the view.

Oscar prediction: I Am Love will be nominated for Best Foreign Film, but it is not all around strong enough to win.

I Am Love
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