The film is set in the summer of 1983 in northern Italy with perfect weather, lots of swimming and lazing around reading books. Fresh peaches grow on the trees and life is carefree.
Teenager Elio (Timothée Chalamet) is on holidays with his parents. His professor father invites a new American assistant (Armie Hammer) to stay and help with his research. At first, Elio is bored and flirts with the girls, but as they get to know each other an attraction develops.
Both men flirt and party with girls, so there’s an element of will they or won’t they. The pace is slow and leisurely. I wish it didn’t end the way it does, but that’s indicative of the time and perhaps it wouldn’t have the impact that it does.
The story is based on André Aciman’s novel of the same name. The ending in the book sounds more satisfying from the Wikipedia entry (spoiler alert).
At just over two hours, the length is the only negative.
Fact: Call Me By Your Name was the recipient of the Audience Award for Best Film at the 2017 Melbourne International Film Festival and the runner-up at the Sydney Film Festival.
About Call Me By Your Name
- Screenplay: James Ivoy
- Filmmaker: Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love, A Bigger Splash)
- Soundtrack: includes new music by Sufjan Stevens
- Director: Luca Guadagnino
- Cast: Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel, Victor Du Bois