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!