Call Me By Your Name is one of the films this year competing for award consideration that had not yet opened in a theater near me. It is annoying when, after watching movies all year, the award shows are talking about films that have yet to come out in my area.
It has finally arrived and it is a very strong movie that centered around two very strong performances. Timothée Chalamet played Elio, a 17-year old American-Italian boy who is finding himself. He finds himself attracted to Oliver (Armie Hammer), a colleague of his father, and the two of them dance around each other while trying to determine what they should do.
The relationship between Elio and Oliver is very sweet and real. Elio is confused by his feelings and not sure what Oliver thought. Elio pursued other sexual relationships with girls his own age as he and Oliver continued their “courtship.”
This is a very European film. The way the film approaches some of these ideas is just really progressive. It is as if it is just as natural as anything. It was really refreshing to see this.
I also loved the parents of Elio. They were so wonderful and loving and understanding that I am not sure that we have seen such amazing parents in movies ever. They were open and honest with Elio and never once lectured him about his choices. They were there for him. It would be awesome if more parents were this way. Amira Casar and Michael Stuhlbarg played these roles.
The film is beautifully shot and directed by Luca Guadagnino. It is a coming-of-age story that is as subtle and caring of a young boy who found a relationship that he did not expect. The film is definitely Timothee Chalamet’s film. His performance is note perfect and covers the spectrum of the emotions.
Call Me By Your Name is a wonderful film that featured one tremendous performance and several really great ones. Chalamet should be in consideration for an Oscar nomination this year. And he will have deserved it.