Last night I went to see Italian Cinema at its finest. Director Luca Guadagnino manages to distill many Influences into a delightful, engaging, visually sumptous and heart-breaking film.
This film, due to Tilda Swinton's presence in the lead character of Emma is a force of nature a slow building storm that builds the tension until it breaks brilliantly. Hypnotic from the opening scenes as the evolution of a family empire in Textiles in Milan plays out it is juxtaposed with the reawakening of Emma (mother, wife, Russian turned Italian) triggered by her son bringing home his new friend chef Antonio.
The supporting characters are subtle, passionate and real to build the life around Emma.
Swinton is magnificent in the lead role believable at every point. The Italian landscape, cityscape and countryside is the other star of this film.
Love, Lust, Food and Family are feast for the senses and the soul. A truly wonderful film.