In this film by Luca Guadagnino, a wealthy and powerful Milanese family crumbles apart as its matriarch Emma and her adult children pursue passion over convention. Emma, played by Tilda Swinton, is a Russian émigré who marries into the Recchi family fortune. She dresses impeccably and runs a tight household but has no job or pursuit to speak of—until, that is, she falls in love with a young, inventive chef named Antonio, who is opening a restaurant with Emma’s son Edoardo. Edoardo, who recently inherited the family textile business, is disillusioned with his family’s materialism; and his sister Elisabetta reveals that she is a lesbian. But the interwoven family stories—some deeply tragic—build up slowly, ultimately offering little pay-off and a rushed and melodramatic ending. And what could have been a feast for the senses—between the Italian culture, cooking, and lustful affairs—is instead spoiled on jarring, disconnected visuals. Yet Swinton’s command of the screen in a feminine role (uncharacteristic for her), coupled with irresistible Italian melodrama is more than worthy.