This movie floored me. I don’t know that I’ll be the same after watching “I Am Love” last night. Or, maybe it’s that I’ve never felt more myself. Computer on our laps in the bedroom, I sat in a kind of electrified stupor as the credits rolled. We both did, Jerry and I, looking at each other without speaking.
The story is in some ways a classic melodrama, yet weaves in – with subtle mastery – a deeply emotional look at the lives of a wealthy Italian family, intelligent and functional, yet entrapped in tradition and pretense. But that’s not the point. Tilda Swinton both produced and took a starring role, and naturally and expertly serves as the driving force behind the message of the head and heart’s need for truth and identity.
Indeed, messages that we are ready for – waiting for – can often get stuck inside us, blocked by the usual stress-ridden events, thoughts and feelings. That inner knowing that directs us and charts not just a path to follow, but the passion that fuels us on our way – NO MATTER WHAT. It’s the, “no matter what” that makes us take a long look at just what the point of this movie is. If we “are love”, than there are really not so many choices to make, but only a life to be lived.
Love stories are usually irresistible to me, but this was so much more than that. This story isn’t as much about “true love” as it is about an acknowledgment of the “true self” and a commitment to whatever that means and brings.
Uniquely filmed, and scored with an unusual boldness, you will not just see or hear this film. You will feel it. And it will feel familiar. And it could change your life.