Call Me by Your Name (Luca Guadagnino – 2017) A

As it wraps up and the credits start to role, the camera stays on Elio (Timothee Chalamet) as the “Visions of Gideon” plays and it stays on him wordless and the song plays on in its entirety. It’s a brilliant scene in a film filled with them and I mention it because it sums it up and shows what an amazing performance he delivers here. The film is set in the Italian country side in the 80s over a couple of weeks in the summer and it looks great. It is a controversial love story and everyone in it does a great job. The characters feel real and the sense of place and time is all there. It’s an art film for sure and it will trigger a lot of discussion about the central theme that can be challenging. It is not a cheap or salacious story though but more of a story about coming of age, not too unlike the great  “y Tu Mama Tambien” in some respects, and it asks us to consider it on its own terms and merits. I have to give huge props also to the awesome performance by Michael Stuhlbarg as the most perceptive and possibly mature parent one can ask for (think of the dad played by Eugene Levy from American Pie but in a serious role!). The scene where he delivers a gentle and loving advice in a long monologue to his son is one to remember.

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