2018 Kamloops Film Festival: Call Me by Your Name

Hailing from director Luca Guadagnino comes a story of two star-crossed lovers during a hot summer in 1983. 17-year old Elio (Timothée Chalamet) is spending the summer in a small town in Northern Italy with his family, when a graduate student named Oliver (Armie Hammer) comes to stay with them and participate in research with Elio’s father Mr. Perlman (Michael Stuhlbarg).

The film is adapted from André Aciman’s 2007 novel by the same name and is beautifully adapted for the screen by James Ivory. We follow Elio in this coming-of-age story as he plays the piano, reads books, swims in the river and experiences his first love.

When Elio and Oliver first meet there is an instant and unspoken attraction between the two, their relationship is so realistic which makes it all the more interesting to watch. The way in which we get to see Elio navigate his sexuality, build relationships with people he’s know for years and people he has just met, truly captures a genuine sense of finding yourself and transitioning from your teenage years to young adulthood

Call Me By Your Name is subtle, romantic and at times very frustrating, but incredibly realistic and heart wrenching. By the way, if you loved the film as much as I did, you’ll be excited to hear that sequel to the film has already been announced.

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