Returning to the present day, “Io sono l’amore” (I Am Love) is great for two reasons: it stars English actress Tilda Swinton, and surprisingly, Swinton speaks excellent Italian throughout!
The film follows Swinton as a woman who has left her native Russia to become the wife of an Italian man and is now the matriarch of a very posh Italian family in Milan. Despite the servants, fancy dinners and great relationships with other influential Milanese families, as expected, not everything is as great as it seems for this family. In fact, Swinton’s character develops an illicit relationship with a chef, and drama ensues. Talk about scandal!
This film is great for Italian learners because it focuses on the wealthy elite. Okay, that sounds a little odd, but hear me out. Contrary to films that focus on the Italian middle class, this movie allows learners to see language used by the Italian elite. These differences could be very useful if a learner is ever in a situation where they have to speak Italian with the utmost formality. Get out the suits and Versace dresses!