In the article by Anthony Kaufman, the bewitching Scottish art-house goddess proves, at 49, that age is just a number when it comes to being sexy...which she most certainly is in "I Am Love" - in one of the year's most erotically charged roles. As Emma Recchi, the refined wife of an Italian textile tycoon who realizes she's bound by golden handcuffs and living in a (well-appointed) prison of propriety, Swinton portrays a woman "never very far from a pair of Ferragamo shoes" who sports demure dresses by Raf Simons for Jil Sander. The actress's collaboration with director Luca Guadagnino was 11 years in the making, and explores what happens when true love comes to town "and how it can really explode a certain milieu. When real love breaks out, love is about honesty and real encounters with real things, it's anathema to that environment, and it really breaks things, and breaks the spell of denial."
"I Am Love" (Magnolia Pictures) will be out in June 2010. V Magazine Issue #65 will be on newsstands May 11, 2010.
- Lesley Scott