'Call Me By Your Name': An Exquisite and Sincere Coming-of-Age Story
Based on the novel by André Aciman, "Call Me By Your Name" follows 17-year old Elio (Timothée Chalamet) as he vacations with his family in Northern Italy in the summer of 1983, and quickly becomes enchanted by his father’s newly-arrived doctoral research assistant Oliver (Armie Hammer).
The film follows their languid summer days of relaxation, banter, family affairs and the pursuit of young Italian girls—all while their own mutual attraction to one another slowly develops. Director Luca Guadagnino ("I Am Love", "A Bigger Splash") wonderfully captures that magical, mixed-up period of adolescent angst and discovery with an enchanting air of days-gone-by wistfulness that carries the film along the arc of Elio and Oliver’s friendship/relationship.
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, "Call Me By Your Name" paints an evocative and touching picture of sexual awakening through the eyes of young Elio and delivers a fresh and insightful coming-of-age story devoid of cliché or contrivance. Big thumbs up for such a strikingly honest depiction of burgeoning sexuality rarely portrayed so compassionately in modern cinema.
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