CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

Gay Times Magazine - - Agenda -

It’s been a strong year for queer cin­ema, but Call Me By Your Name feels like the first en­try in an im­pres­sive list (Moon­light, God’s Own Coun­try) that could be­come a classic.

Luca Guadagnino’s adap­ta­tion of An­dré Aci­man’s cult classic novel takes an al­ready sen­sual and ef­fort­lessly ro­man­tic tale, and tran­scends it for a new medium, with su­perla­tive per­for­mances, cin­e­matog­ra­phy and di­rec­tion guar­an­teed to snaf­fle any num­ber of gongs come awards sea­son.

Pre­co­cious 17-year-old Elio’s (Ti­mothée Cha­la­met) sum­mer at his fam­ily’s Ital­ian villa is dis­rupted when hand­some doc­toral stu­dent Oliver (Ar­mie Ham­mer) comes to stay and work. As the lazy, sun­drenched days un­fold, the two find them­selves drawn to each other in ways they could never have imag­ined.

If the com­ing-of-age story it­self sounds straight­for­ward, the deft­ness of the ex­e­cu­tion is far from it. The chem­istry be­tween Cha­la­met and a ca­reer-best Ham­mer is as emo­tive as it is sim­mer­ingly erotic – a slow-burn that works in har­mony with Guadagnino’s dreamy-yet-eter­nally re­lat­able emo­tional ec­stasy and in­ti­macy of first love. An in­stant classic.

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