Tilda Swinton shows emotion. The well-traveled English actor hits a certain dramatic stride in her role as the quixotic Russian-born matron of a family of rich industrialists in Milan, Italy, a part that calls for her to be sexy and imperious but also overwhelmed with emotion at the futility of it all. Well, two out of three isn’t bad. Writer-director Luca Guadagnino’s screenplay, concocted with help from three other writers, has a bit of a Thomas Mann stamp to it. The family’s luxurious food, clothing, and décor are counterbalanced by profound unease and lingering melancholy – the Russian factor. Swinton, already a wintry presence, runs with it for miles, with able support by Flavio Parenti, Pippo Delbono, and Marisa Berenson (120 min.).
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Cast: Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti, Edoardo Gabbriellini, Alba Rohrwacher, Pippo Delbono, Maria Paiato, Diane Fleri, Gabriele Ferzetti, Marisa Berenson, Mattia Zaccaro and Waris Ahluwalia