TIFF 2017: ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Review

Michael Stuhlbarg as Mr. Perlman, Timothée Chalamet as Elio and Armie Hammer as Oliver in CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

Mongrel Media | Sony Pictures Classics

Set somewhere in Northern Italy in the summer of 1983, Call Me By Your Name (based on André Aciman’s novel of the same name) is a beautiful coming-of-age story about 17-year-old Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and his sexual awakening. Every summer, Elio’s father, Professor Perlman (Michael Stuhlbarg) invites a research assistant to their summer home – this year it’s Oliver (Armie Hammer). Though at first Elio is closed off, they soon form a strong bond that slowly blossoms into tepid and timid intimate relationship.

There are not enough words to describe the beauty and heart of Call Me By Your Name. Chalamet and Hammer both give performances that will never be forgotten, but Stuhlbarg has the best monologue (and some of the best lines, in general) in the entire film.

You will experience every emotion on the full spectrum, which are only heightened by Sufjan Stevens’ beautifully, whimsical score. Luca Guadagnino didn’t steal my heart – I signed over the rights to him the second the film started.

Rating: 9/10

Public Screenings: Sept 7 7:15 pm, Sept 8 9:30 am

Find all of our TIFF 2017 reviews and coverage here.

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