As the Recchi family has gathered for their patriarch’s birthday, the family is about to change forever. Edoardo Sr. announces that it is time to step down and put his company’s future in the hands of both his son and grandson. The news initially surprises the family but not to the extent of the next several months of change. Edoardo “Edo” Jr. continues to build his relationship with his girlfriend Eva and has a growing friendship with a talented young chef. Betta takes off to London for college and falls in love with a woman, leaving behind a relationship with her ex Gregario. Tancredi’s new responsibilities have him spending most of his time in London, leaving behind his wife Emma. This time to herself makes staying faithful to her marriage difficult as she sees possibility with her son’s new friend.
Starring: Tilda Swinton (Emma Recchi), Flavio Parenti (Edoardo Recchi Junior), Edoardo Gabbriellini (Antonio Biscaglia), Alba Rohrwacher (Elisabetta Recchi), Pippo Delbono (Tancredi Recchi), Maria Paiato (Ida Marangon), Diane Fleri (Eva Ugolini), Waris Ahluwalia (Shai Kubelkian), Gabriele Ferzetti (Edoardo Recchi Senior), Marisa Berenson (Allegra Rori Recchi)
Tilda Swinton, star of the Narnia series and Michael Clayton, breaks out of her traditional roles and takes a swim in international waters. She appears very comfortable with this Italian film, both with the language and culture. Displaying the challenges of loneliness, Swinton brings a sense of connection to being unfaithful. Flavio Parenti goes through a maturing process throughout the film, first being more focused in his racing to continuing his relationship with Eva to taking responsibility with his company. His reaction to his mother’s adultery encompasses both a reserved anger and broken heart. Edoardo Gabbriellini plays Antonio the chef. His lifestyle becomes intoxicating for Emma as he projects great independence and romance.
Luca Guadagnino’s romantic drama explores the complications of family and romance. Emma followed Tancredi out of Russia because of love, but with the new responsibilities with their family’s company, she feels like their relationship has been put on hold. This all opens her up to be vulnerable to seeing the opportunity with Antonio. For Edo, his family was weary of his relationship with Eva from the beginning and she appears to hardly get a second thought throughout the majority of the film, besides the few moments where Emma and Gianluca choose to help her feel a little more connected. When Edo ends up in the hospital, Guadagnino represents the fact that the Recchi’s have hardly let her into the family, even though she is carrying Edo’s child. Betta also feels the pressure of traditional values as she tries to keep her same-sex relationship a secret from her father and grandmother.
This is an interesting look into a wealthy family and their drama, with some artsy symbolic camera angles. There is quite a bit of slower moments but the overall story is engaging.
Dan’s Rating: 3.0/5