Saturday, 30 December 2017

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

In Northern Italy in 1983, seventeen-year-old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father's research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the beguiling Italian landscape.

This is a beautiful, nuanced, profound movie. It feels a little slow at times, but it rewards patience. The acting by Timothée Chalamet (who plays Elio) is exceptional as is the rest of the cast. The chemistry between Oliver and Elio is strong. The script is richly textured and remains focused on the emotional journeys of the main protagonists rather than the inevitable sex scenes (which are tastefully done). The story comes across as authentic and entirely believable. The cinematography of Italy is beautiful and one can imagine tourism becoming popular in the locations where filming occurred. Apart from, perhaps, a bit faster pace in some places, the direction is masterful and the final scene between the father and son has got to be one of the best I have ever seen in a movie. At the New York Film Festival, when the movie opened, it received a 10 standing ovation — apparently, the longest ever standing ovation at the Festival. Make sure you see this one.


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