'I Am Love' details a sensuous affair

In the mood for a highly emotional, grandiose salve for your poor, overworked college soul? Searching for a movie as sensationalized as that sentence? Look no further than, “I am Love.”

Part of the Guelcher Film Series, the movie is the story of a wealthy Italian family in Milan, the Recchis, where Emma Recchi, (Tilda Swinton), is finding that there is more to life than playing the consummate mistress of her beautiful, rich family.

Although she was born a Russian, her emigration to Italy led to her assuming the native culture and completing her motherly, stately image with a daughter, Elizabetta, (Alba Rohrwacher) and a son, Edorado Jr. (Flavio Parenti); within this movie, Emma finds this is not enough.

We see the family patriarch, Eduardo Sr., (Gabriele Ferzetti), passing down the control of his industry to both Emmas’s husband, Tancredo Recchi and his grandson, Edorado Jr. (Edo), effectively splitting it. Consequently, these two begin to consider decisions that will mark just one of the story’s conflicts.

Where Tancredo is considering selling out to a man who whispers of a global business, all Edo wants to do is preserve family traditions and start up a restaurant with his friend, Antonio (Edorado Gabbriellini), who is a talented chef.

In addition to this tension, sparks fly as the icy Emma meets handsome Antonio. A sensual affair swiftly follows after her first taste of his divine prawns. Their passion threatens to upset her family’s stability and her own cold, staid life. In this world of high tensions, business, and passion, Emma’s realization of herself as an independent, emotional being is a grand, gorgeous adventure set in a stunning city.

Both directed and co-written by Luca Guadagnino, this sumptuous film will sweep you away or leave you cringing at over-dramatics.

“I am Love” airs in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 2:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.