Call Me by Your Name

Call Me by Your Name ★★★★★

A slow sensual dance of a film, playing out in the Italian summer where romance blossoms under the sun and in the picture postcard countryside. The pairing of Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet may be disparate in age and seemingly in experience but this falls away to reveal two lost souls yearning for real love against a background where this is not the norm. Their relationship develops in a completely organic way so that their eventual tryst is an inevitability, even with many obstacles in the way.

And while Hammer is the sun-kissed star on the poster, oozing easy charisma, Chalamet is the heart of the film and gives an assured, vulnerable and striking performance as Elio that makes him easy to empathise with. And the always excellent Michael Stuhlbarg is fantastic, particularly in one of the final scenes, which should have him marching up the red carpet, come Oscar season.

There might be a complaint that this is a too idealised portrait of romance, lacking in grit but the last shot, with credits rolling is as gritty, true and profound as you will ever find. Also peaches, they won't quite ever taste the same.

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