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Movie Review - I Am Love

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I Am Love

Over the years I’ve been a big fan of foreign cinema, with my main interest being films coming from Hong Kong, but I’ve also been partial to a good subtitled movie from other parts of the globe. When it comes to Italian cinema my only real exposure has been Italian horror, mainly from the master Dario Argento, and from the classic movie ‘Cinema Paradiso', which we had to watch during my time at film school. So, even though I haven’t had a huge amount of exposure to Italian films, I have found that they are very different from the films we have come to enjoy in the American style of storytelling and often they can be rather confusing.

“A tragic love story set at the turn of the millennium in Milan. The film follows the fall of the haute bourgeoisie due to the forces of passion and unconditional love.”

When I sat down to watch this movie I had no idea what it was about, that it was Italian, or even the name of it, as often when I go to my press screenings I like to go in as a 'blank slate' knowing nothing of what I’m about to see. So I was pleasantly surprised to find myself watching an Italian movie with the beautiful backdrop of Italy behind it, but what I also found was another confusing film.

The movie unfolded in front of me rather obviously as this perfect rich family slowly unravelled. However, I may have misunderstood a few things due to the cultural differences, as I found the ending so bizarre and confusing, especially with a very overpowering music score right out of the ‘Matrix movies! I had enjoyed the film up to that point with some good acting, but such an obscure ending left me not liking the movie so much.

6 out of 10 from me.  

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