If Tom Ford wanted to know how to make a stylish film, he should watch 'I am love', the latest film by Luca Guadagnino starring Tilda Swinton. The story revolves around the wealthy Recchi family, whose lives are undergoing sweeping changes. Eduardo Sr., the family patriarch, has decided to name a successor to the reigns of his massive textile business, surprising everyone by splitting power between his son Tancredi, and grandson Edo. But Edo dreams of opening a restaurant with his friend Antonio, a handsome and talented chef. At the heart of the family is Tancredi's wife Emma (Tilda Swinton), a Russian immigrant who has adopted the culture of Milan. An adoring and attentive mother, her existence is shocked to the core when she falls quickly and deeply in love with Edo's friend and partner Antonio, and embarks on a passionate love affair that will change her family forever.
Set at the turn of the millennium in Milan, it took a while to actually grasp which era the movie was set in because it was so totally and effortlessly chic. Raf Simons for Jil Sander and Fendi both played a part in the wardrobes, which were timeless yet contemporary. The looks were believable and watching Tilda Swinton's body and features has you understanding why so many designers clamber to clothe her. The scenes in the amazing art-deco Milanese villa are the best. It's all very calm and serene, servants rushing around preparing. The film lets you enter that upper echelon of Italy; those pale northern Italians of dynastic industry. I was thinking of all the great Italian fashion families while watching it; the Zegnas, the Missonis, the Guccis. The film is fantasy yet it is so well done you feel like you've seen a glimpse of a world you wouldn't usually. Go see it.
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