Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Reel Estate.

Earlier this summer we had the opportunity to see the foreign film I Am Love starring the remarkably talented Tilda Swinton and we can't stop thinking about it. The movie takes place in Milan and tells the story of 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 industrial company, 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.

Although we were really fond of this intriguing plot masterfully acted by the fine cast, for us the breakout star of the film was the Villa Necchi Campiglio where most of the movie unfolds. This historic house designed by architect Piero Portaluppi was turned into a museum in 2008 and is now part of the Network of Historical House Museums in Milan. Trust us when we tell you, the architecture alone is worth the price of admission to see this film. The storyline, acting and John Adams' dramatic score are fantastic, but again that was all just a bonus compared to the set. Catch the trailer below for a sneak peek of I Am Love and then do yourself a favor and see the movie in it's entirety for some truly inspiring design. Enjoy!


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20 comments:

Leigh Chandler said...

No wonder it was turned into a museum! Absolutely ravishing! Can't wait to see the movie, thanks for the heads up!

Carrie von Hemert said...

I am so excited to go see this with my sister. We have gone on many Italy buying trips together & we love to cook! Thanx.

Designer on Design said...

Ciao Brad, I couldn't agree more after having seen it recently... I've spent many years working around that area of Italy and it brought back many pleasant senses. Stage, scenes and costumes, bellisima!

Joshua Greene said...

Well said, Brad! I saw the movie last weekend and can't stop thinking about it! See you in the hood...

Giugiz said...

I'm a young architect from Milan, the Villa is reaaally beautiful!!
It's nice to go there in Spring/Summer, to drink something in the cafè or just sit to read something in the garden.
Uhmm I can't remember if you can go just to the cafè or you have to take the ticket, but if you're visiting Milan and it's sunshine, it is worth to go!

Giulia

Anonymous said...

I just rented this movie and I am obsessed. The director mentions the villa has been published in only one book. Brad, you so often know the sources. Any idea what the name of the book is? I have to buy it!!!

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