Get swept away by unexpected love in the Italian countryside.
There are many beautiful things in Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name. It’s set in the Italian countryside in 1983, which has a beauty and splendor of its own. The sumptuous vistas, slow rolling hills, and beautiful architecture do not disappoint, nor are they ignored by Guadagnino’s lens. It also enjoys the luxury of an elegant, wistful pace and soundtrack. Not to mention a cast of seriously talented actors that includes Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, and two very talented youths in Timothée Chalamet and Esther Garrel.
But there’s one thing that stands out as the most beautiful, delectable thing about this film, and that’s both the performance and the aura of Armie Hammer. He’s the biggest reason the film had such a resounding debut at Sundance, coming out of the festival as the most talked about film by a very chatty cabal of critics. I know. I was there and was equally impressed with the experience — nay, the trance — of witnessing Call Me By Your Name.
Rob Hunter was there, as well. You can read his review here.
Now we have the film’s first trailer, courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
The official synopsis from the studio:
“It’s the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a precocious 17- year-old American-Italian boy, spends his days in his family’s 17th-century villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading, and flirting with his friend Marzia (Esther Garrel). Elio enjoys a close relationship with his father (Michael Stuhlbarg), an eminent professor specializing in Greco-Roman culture, and his mother Annella (Amira Casar), a translator, who favor him with the fruits of high culture in a setting that overflows with natural delights. While Elio’s sophistication and intellectual gifts suggest he is already a fully-fledged adult, there is much that yet remains innocent and unformed about him, particularly about matters of the heart. One day, Oliver (Armie Hammer), a charming American scholar working on his doctorate, arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of the setting, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.”
The film begins its limited release on November 24.