Call Me By Your Name
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Cast: Arnie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amina Casar, Esther Garrel
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English, Italian, French, German with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Italy-France-Brazil-USA 2017 130 mins. (15)
Official Selection 2017 Sundance Film Festival
Released by Sony Pictures
It's 1983 and 17-year-old Elio's (Timotheo Chalamet) life changes when 24-year-old American academic Oliver (Armie Hammer) arrives for a 6 week internship with his archiologist and art historian father Professor Perlman (Michael Stuhlberg). A heady atmosphere pervades the easy summer days at the family's North Italy villa, a place of art, poetry, music, bicycle rides, swimming and al fresco dining. Professor Perlman, his French wife Annella (Amira Casar) with a love of German poetry, musically gifted Elio and their guest Oliver, a perfect fit into this summer idyll. Elio's surprised, but not frightened by his emotions. He's infatuated. His is a first love that will change both characters.
Adapted from Andre Aciman's novel, Luca Guadagnino's (I Am Love 2009; A Bigger Splash 2015) tender, beautifully observed and visually stunning film has tremendous central performances and James Ivory's screenplay is full of surprises with moments of silence that say so much. And towards the end Stuhlberg's bares his soul in a monologue that remains the memorable moment of this masterful film.
'Call Me By Your Name' drops with ease into that should see, must see film box.