Director: Luca Guadagnino
Cast: Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti, Pippo Delbono, Edoardo Gabbriellini
A wonderful film of lyrical beauty – with a terrific score by John Adams and from Swinton a performance that must rank as one of the greatest of her distinguished career – about love, wealth, family secrets and the search for who one really is.
Swinton plays Emma, a Russian who finds love with Italian Tancredi (Delbono) and a life surrounded by wealth and beauty, in their home and in the surrounding countryside. Life could not, could it, be better?
Emma has, though, forgotten who she is or, indeed, what she could be, until she meets Antonio (Gabbriellini), the friend of her son … and finds an all-consuming passion that promises, as it must, such vast personal change.
The film is a visual delight of old houses and landscapes yet the characters are never overwhelmed and Guadagnino keeps a firm hand on a revealing and often moving storyline.
Star Rating: 5/5