Sony Pictures Classics debuted “Call Me By Your Name” at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film garnered overwhelming praise from critics and civilian fans alike.
The story is a coming-of-age drama based on the novel by Andre Aciman and directed by Luca Guadagnino. Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer star as a 17-year-old boy and a 24-year-old grad student who spend one sensual summer together in 1980s Italy. Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel, and Victoire Du also star.
Though Hammer might be the bigger star and he certainly has a juicier-than-usual role here that he clearly relishes, the true breakout of the film is 21-year-old Chalamet. Elio is someone who is experiencing a lot of things for the first time, for which he barely has any words, but Chalamet’s face and body language turn his character into an open book. The minutes-long and wordless final shot, another rare close-up of Elio, is so mesmerizing that it immediately cements his status as one of the world’s brightest young talents. The chemistry between the men is palpable, but what’s more important, they convey their characters’ complex emotions, expectations and thoughts without necessarily opening their mouths.
Awards Circuit’s Shane Slater is in Toronto and will be releasing a full review soon. But he did share a few thoughts on Twitter:
— Shane (@filmactually) September 7, 2017
Other critics and attendees also praised the film on social media:
— Kevin Jagernauth (@jag24fps) September 7, 2017
— Eric Bizzarri (@ericbizzarri) September 7, 2017
The film is set for release in theaters on November 24.