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CALL ME BY YOUR NAME: another visual and narrative poem from the I AM LOVE director


Call Me By Your Name, directed by Luca Guadagnino (A Bigger Splash, I Am Love) looks like a lovely and insightful film. The story is based on André Aciman’s novel and Sony Pictures Classics released the first trailer. Watch it below.

Set in the Italian region of Lombardy during the early 1980s, Call Me by Your Name follows young Elio (breakout Timothée Chalamet), on the cusp of college and the child of two brainy aesthetes. During the summer we meet Elio, he finds himself bewitched by Oliver (Armie Hammer), a strapping American student who has come to assist Elio’s professor father (Michael Stuhlbarg) for several weeks. Also starring are Michael Stuhlbarg and Amira Casar as Elio’s parents.

Elio doesn’t quite know what to make of Oliver: Though Elio offers to show the older man around, he lightly mocks Oliver’s casual brashness behind his back. Book-smart and steeped in culture, Elio thinks he knows just about everything already, but as he finds himself increasingly drawn to Oliver — culminating in a romance that’s teased in this trailer — he soon finds out how much there is to learn about love, sex, and the life he’s going to lead.

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“It wouldn’t have worked if his leads had refused to give their all. After a string of would-be franchise-starters like The Lone Ranger and The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Hammer turns in his best work since his breakout dual role as the Winklevoss twins in The Social Network, and he said he relished the opportunity Call Me by Your Name gave him. “This movie will forever stay with me,” Hammer told me. “We moved for several months to a tiny town in Italy where no one spoke English, giving up everything about our normal lives back home and committing to this. Going to those places … it was just an amazing experience, all around.” (Vulture)

"Back in Italy, some critics have held Guadagnino’s work in advertising and brand promotions against him, whereas here in the States, audiences hold no such grudges, responding instead to the director’s cinematic virtuosity. Even as he beguiles us with mystery, Guadagnino recreates Elio’s life-changing summer with such intensity that we might as well be experiencing it first-hand. It’s a rare gift that earns him a place in the pantheon alongside such masters of sensuality as Pedro Amodóvar and François Ozon, while putting “Call Me by Your Name” on par with the best of their work." (Variety)

Guadagnino directs from a screenplay by James Ivory based on the Aciman novel. Sufjan Stevens provides original music, some of which is featured in the trailer.

Sony Pictures Classics releases Call Me By Your Name to select theaters November 24.

Check out the trailer.

Read more blurbs below:

"There’s a scene near the end of Luca Guadagnino’s adaptation of André Aciman’s novel Call Me By Your Name between Michael Stuhlbarg and Timothée Chalamet that is, I feel confident in saying, one of the best exchanges between father and son in the history of cinema. We’ll all be quoting from it for the rest of our lives.

For many it will be a moment of wish fulfilment, and that may go doubly for queer people whose parents tragically reject them for their nature. The scene is touching and triumphant, but it wouldn’t work on an island. It comes after a build-up, an unhurried coming-of-age tale set in 1980s Italy reminiscent of the best of Eric Rohmer, Bernardo Bertolucci and André Téchiné, in which Elio (Chalamet) falls in love with Oliver (Armie Hammer) and needs to decide how he’ll direct the rest of his life.

Oliver is the latest in a string of annual research assistants joining professor Perlman (Stuhlbarg) at his family’s fabulous summer villa. Elio’s father is an archaeologist/art historian, and his French mother (Amira Casar) recites German poetry, translating it on the fly as the two men in her life cuddle up with her on the couch. For fun Elio transcribes classical piano scores, which he can also transpose to guitar. The Perlman family is one that can slip a reference to Heidegger into conversation and no one will bat an eye." (The Guardian)

"The film’s costumes and production design nail the look of 1980s rural Italy, with Guadagnino actually having shot in and around the picturesque village where he lives. References to political life in Italy, entirely absent from the novel, are also convincing and add texture. Some classical pieces and Sufjan Stevens’ glorious score complete the all-round classy package." (The Hollywood Reporter)

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