I am love

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German title I am love
Original title Io sono l'amore
Country of production Italy
original language Italian
Publishing year 2009
length 120 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Luca Guadagnino
script Luca Guadagnino
Barbara Alberti
production Luca Guadagnino
Tilda Swinton
music John Adams
camera Yorick Le Saux
cut Walter Fasano

Ich bin die Liebe - I Am Love (Original title: Io sono l'amore ) is an Italian film directed by Luca Guadagnino from 2009 with Tilda Swinton in the leading role. Guadagnino and Swinton worked on the film together over a period of 7 years. It premiered in 2009 at the 66th Venice International Film Festival . It started in Germany on October 28, 2010.


The film begins with the preparations for Edoardo Recchi's birthday dinner. He is the boss of a renowned Milanese textile company, the Recchi belong to the Italian upper class. The villa, which looks rather simple on the outside, is accordingly lavishly furnished with antiques, objets d'art and pictures. B. hangs a morandi . All members of the family, the wife, son Tancredi, who is married to the beautiful Russian Emma, ​​his grandchildren and close friends of the family are present. Emma is an immaculate wife, perfect host, and loving mother who enjoys the trust of her children. Her Russian origins are almost forgotten, her Italian is perfect, only a slight Russian accent reminds of her origins. The evening begins with small disappointments for the patriarch: grandson Edoardo only finished second in a rowing race - the Recchi always win! - and his granddaughter Elisabetta, who studies art in London, has not brought a new drawing this time, but “only” a photograph. That evening Edoardo Recchi resigns as head of the company and puts the responsibility equally in the hands of Tancredi and Edoardo jr. In a speech he outlined the vision that the Recchi company will continue to exist forever and in his favor.

The man who beat Edoardo in the race is his friend Antonio. Antonio is a cook and works in his father's restaurant. The friends have the plan to open a restaurant together in the hinterland of Liguria. To console his friend about his defeat, Antonio brings a cake over, the first bite of which amazes Emma. But she is also bewitched by the sight of the young cook Edoardo introduces her.

Elisabetta is unusually distant from her fiancé. Emma finds out by chance that her daughter has fallen in love with a woman in London. She reacts lovingly and sensitively to her daughter's emotional confusion and she supports her. While forays through Sanremo, she happens to see Antonio and follows him unnoticed. In order not to be discovered, she steps into a bookstore, leafing through an art catalog, which, in her confusion, she lets go with her when she leaves the bookstore. At that moment, Antonio gets in her way. Antonio invites her to take her to her father's farm, where he grows the vegetables for the restaurant. The two love each other. Emma tells her lover how she met Tancredi in Moscow. The fact that when Antonio asked, she no longer remembers her Russian name shows her troubled condition. Both return home, he to the restaurant, she to the cool world of her villa. While eating, she wears a fiery red dress, her thoughts are with her lover, a dish that Antonio has cooked especially for her is served, which transports her into a sensual ecstasy that she cannot control.

During a business trip to London, differences arise between Tancredi, who wants to sell the company to a global player at a profit, and Edoardo, who wants to continue the business in the spirit of his grandfather. Tancredi prevails. When Edoardo discovers the affair between his mother and his boyfriend, there is a violent argument between mother and son at the swimming pool of the house, in which Edoardo falls unhappy, passes out and dies after days in a coma. After the funeral, Emma explains to her husband that she loves Antonio. Tancredi shows her out of his house, which she has to leave the same day.

During the credits you see the tightly entwined couple Emma / Antonio in a cave in the mountains, clinging to each other.


The music in the film is by John Adams and, as the BBC music critic puts it, gives the film a pulsating rhythm from the start. Adams did not compose his own score. Instead, Guardagnino selected nine pieces from seven different works by the American composer from 1978 to 1996. Guadagnino claims that when he designed the film, he had Adam's music in mind from the start, which acts as a “ crucial emotional acnchor” .

Track list

  1. Century Rolls: I. First Movement (excerpt)
  2. Lollapalooza
  3. Shaker Loops: III. Loops and Verses
  4. Shaker Loops: IV. A Final Shaking
  5. The Death of Klinghoffer : Desert Chorus
  6. Fearful Symmetries (excerpt)
  7. Harmony: Part II. The Anfortas Wound
  8. Harmony: Part III. Master Eckhardt and Quackie
  9. The Chairman Dances (Foxtrot for Orchestra)


Leading actress Tilda Swinton was honored in 2010 by the Sindacato Nazionale Giornalisti Cinematografici Italiani with a European Nastro d'Argento . I Am Love was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2011 , but it fell behind the Danish entry In a Better World . A nomination for costume designer Antonella Cannarozzi followed at the 2011 Academy Awards .

Entrance hall of the Milan cemetery ( Famedio )


Filming locations were London, Dolceacqua and Sanremo in Liguria , the Villa Necchi Campiglio in Milan and the roof of the Duomo in Milan. The funeral scene was recorded at the Cimitero Monumentale di Milano . The dramatic farewell scene between Emma and Tancredi Recchi was filmed in the monumental entrance hall of the cemetery.


The dishes in the film were prepared by the Milanese star chef Carlo Cracco , with whom Edoardo Gabbriellini, the chef in the film, took several hours of lessons. Cracco and his crew were always on set when preparing and filming scenes in which food was being prepared and served.

Tilda Swinton's dresses were designed by Jil Sander designer Raf Simons .


Some critics draw parallels with Visconti's The Leopard - in both films there is a designated successor for the patriarch of the family named Tancredi, Rocco and his brothers , and Alfred Hitchcock's films .

Wenke Husmann von der Zeit calls the film “flawless”. The actress worked with the director on the film for seven years. The result is a flawless film about love as an act in the style of a Visconti work. “Every scene, every detail is of great scenic beauty that corresponds to material luxury and exposes the infinite narcissism that nourishes the rich. The external flawlessness of this social class is so perfect that the distortions caused by the inner drama of the main characters stand out like a false pli on a tablecloth: hardly noticeable, but absolutely irritating. "

The Times calls the film an "exquisite feast of sensual pleasures that is almost certainly the most elegant piece of cinema you will see this year".

Matt Bud names I Am Love as his " favorite film of the year" or of recent years in the Huffington Post . The actors, the sets , the costumes - all fantastic! But the film's music is truly stunning, and although it was not composed for the film, it fits perfectly. I Am Love is a fantastic work of art. The way the film follows the life of the family and the protagonists - from winter in Milan to a rainy autumn, back in Milan - is extraordinary and really wonderful.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Certificate of release for I Am Love . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , September 2010 (PDF; test number: 124 247 K).
  2. Monoculture # 21, Tilda Swinton - A Place Apart, Summer 2009, [1] .
  3. Michel Quinn: John Adams, I Am Love, Review BBC Review, 2010
  4. ^ I Am Love, (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture) Open iTunes , accessed September 8, 2016.
  5. ^ Food of Love Wallstreet Journal, April 28, 2011, accessed July 16, 2019
  6. Beautiful Oppression: Tilda Swinton in I Am Love , accessed September 10, 2016.
  7. Wenke Husmann: Tilda Swinton embodies the passion Zeit.de, October 27, 2010, accessed on April 15, 2018
  8. ^ The Times, April 9, 2010 , accessed September 8, 2016.
  9. ^ Matt Buckl: I Am Love, The Movie, the Music In: The Huffington Post, July 15, 2010, accessed September 8, 2016