Rated: R for sexual content, nudity and some language. Reviewed by: Jim Release date: November 24, 2017 Released by: Sony Pictures Classics
Luca Guadagnino (A Bigger Splash, I Am Love) makes a central relationship shimmer like lustrous Northern Italy locales, circa 1983, in his new leisurely film set mainly over six weeks in a revelatory summer.
Call Me By Your Name (fully subtitled) has gifted, precocious late teen Elio (Timothee Chalamet of Interstellar) embarking on something life-changing with a charming U.S. graduate scholar Oliver (Armie Hammer of Cars 3, Birth of a Nation) as an intern at the family villa.
Disregarding a hard-to-forget sequence involving a peach, the feeling of discovery and yearning when it comes to first love feels very real in an aristocratic environment that may be viewed by some as wish-fulfillment fantasy. A certain word, ahem, or its connotations aren't spoken in what has immeasurable honesty and truth in the joy of reaching out and living life.
More sensual than sexual is what actually unfolds in a production that infused with piano and strings and amazing lensing to instill a vital warmth (like a similarly-themed and much "Moonlight") as a blossoming occurs in beguiling fashion.
It goes without saying that Guadagnino makes this such an immersive experience (that is so relatable) that has an intoxicating effect because of the way his actors fully embrace the situations and words delineated so well by esteemed scribe James Ivory retooling the Andre Aciman novel a bit.
The rapidly maturing vet in Hammer nails Oliver with remarkable aplomb and has that rare timing and spark with his co-star that allows Chalamet to be the real surprise with his vulnerability and exuberance.
You can feel the heat during a period of wistful, heartfelt times that burns like sun rays with Call Me By Your Name leaving quite an emotional impact throughout. Notwithstanding a stellar supporting turn from a hirsute Michael Stuhlburg as Elio's open-minded sagely professor father who delivers a very memorable, wrenching monologue near the conclusion.
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