Synopsis from RT:
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, the new film by Luca Guadagnino, is a sensual and transcendent tale of first love, based on the acclaimed novel by André Aciman. It’s the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a precocious 17- year-old American-Italian, spends his days in his family’s 17th century villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading, and flirting with his friend Marzia (Esther Garrel). Elio enjoys a close relationship with his father (Michael Stuhlbarg), an eminent professor specializing in Greco-Roman culture, and his mother Annella (Amira Casar), a translator, who favor him with the fruits of high culture in a setting that overflows with natural delights. While Elio’s sophistication and intellectual gifts suggest he is already a fully-fledged adult, there is much that yet remains innocent and unformed about him, particularly about matters of the heart. One day, Oliver (Armie Hammer), a charming American scholar working on his doctorate, arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of the setting, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.
Here are my thoughts
- First, can we just clear the air and acknowledge that Elio’s mom was a Queen? I LOVE HER!
- Honestly, the first 30 minutes or so slightly bored me, but there’s something about the second half that stunned me.
- I love this film because it was marketed as a movie about homosexuality, but in fact, it’s about sexual fluidity. Not a lot of movies about sexual fluidity exist, and it was presented in a matter-of-fact way that it’s kind of embarrassing to live in a country which does not allow same-sex marriage.
- The movie reminds me soooo much of Vicky Christina Barcelona.
- Timothée Chalamet is a gem. So was Michael Stuhlbarg, who according to his IMDB page was also in The Shape of Water and The Post. I have yet to see those movies.
- This is an unpopular opinion, but I don’t ~get~ the chemistry between the two leads. I felt like it’s… predatory. Sorry fan boys and girls! I don’t mind the age gap, but the fact that Elio was just 17 was lurking at the back of my head.
There you go, I am still picking Dunkirk more than Call Me By Your Name.