Stars: Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel, Vanda Capriolo, Victoire Du Bois.
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Screenplay: Luca Guadagnino, Walter Fasano, & James Ivory.
It's as serene as a summers day and as hopeless as a summer holiday; with all it's perfection sadly there is always an end to our joy. But a summer holiday can etch itself into your mind permanantly as a purgatory memory that somehow escapes reality even if we have lived it. Call Me by your Name (2017) is an exercise of warmth in every sense; the heat of the summer sun, the comfort of the family unit, the intensity of a newcomer that can ignite something deep inside. Warmth is exactly the word to describe this beautiful story.
The pace pitter patters over the lush scenic backdrops of Italy, with the eternal afternoons and sweaty nights while the characters live around, somehow missing each other in the midst of the meandering heat. Sometimes it is intentional and others just the nature of play. Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and Oliver (Armie Hammer) have a complex relationship, Oliver being the older and pupil of Elio's father, and Elio being a boy on the cusp of adulthood. There is a hierarchy that is toyed with that holds the truth of their connection at bay.
This could be an essay, but I will leave it here as the film should be able to speak for itself. Guadagnino has created a masterful piece of work that works on every level from the nuance of character, to the perfection of setting and period. It is simply scrumptious.