LFF 2017 - Call Me By Your Name
Dir: Luca Guadagnino
Starring Timothee Chalamet, Armie Hammer. Michael Stuhlbarg
Two new Sufjan Stevens’ songs? We’re already in!
Guadagnino’s gentle coming of age love story, set in an idyllically captured Italian summer of 1983, is a supreme delight and joy, albeit ultimately a bittersweet one. Into this isolated world comes intern Armie Hammer, here to work with Stuhlbarg’s antiquities professor for the six week summer break. Meanwhile, the professor’s son Elio (Chalamet) is 17, slowly becoming physical with his local girlfriend, but now finds himself drawn to this new American male. Their friendship develops as Elio’s feelings start to grow, leading to a brief, fleeting yet loving relationship, that comes to life as the summer comes to an end.
Guagadnino’s film is a soft, gentle examination of the heady rush, fragility and also pain of first love, delicately captured with the same sensual feel he brings to the beautiful landscape his film – and his characters – are encased in. It is a film of longing, not just for an individual, but in many ways for a past and a perfect summer that are here clearly presented as things of memory as much as they are contemporary actions unfolding.
Hammer is extremely good, but Chalamet is the standout, moving from the assured confidence of the musical prodigy he is to the awkwardness of the teenager only just beginning to understand who he might be. It’s a gracious and subtle performance that is both shy and incredibly open and vulnerable, more and more so as the film moves towards its inevitably realistic conclusion.
Gorgeous to look at, lovely to live in for two hours or so, Call Me By Your Name clearly has nominations in its immediate future.
Call Me By Your Name plays the LFF on October 9, 10 & 11
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