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Call Me By Your Name (2017)
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Writer: James Ivory
Stars: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel
Based on the novel André Aciman, and co-written by James Ivory, this functions both as a coming of age tale as well as a love story, albeit one that never goes in the direction you think it might. The movie is anchored by Timothée Chalamet’s performance as Elio. Seventeen and experimenting with his sexuality, he’s in the midst of a sexual affair with a visiting french girl, although his reaction to Armie Hammer’s older academic (twenty-four) shakes up his perspective on what kind of sex he prefers.
Hammer is thoroughly engaging as the brash Oliver. Embracing a casualness that charms Elio’s folks but rubs the younger man the wrong way, at first Elio hates Oliver, but when he sees him tom-cating around town, hooking up with gorgeous Italian girls, his curiosity is piqued. Eventually the two acknowledge their attraction to each other, and their romance dominates the second half.
The movie lives and dies on the chemistry between Chalamet and Hammer. Neither seems to be in control of where things are going, even if Hammer is the more experienced, but still vulnerable one. Hammer’s maybe never been this good. He’s ultra charismatic, and its easy to see how everyone in town, men and women alike, fall under his spell.
The 1983 setting also adds to the fantasy aspect, given this a Euro-erotica vibe that works well in the film, and also allows for some choice soundtrack selections, most notably The Psychedelic Furs’s “Love My Way.” Sufjan Stevens also contributes several original songs, the dreaminess of which also adds to the magic, fable-like quality of the film.