“Call Me By Your Name”: Spendid Reviews

Will this be Sundance‘s best 2017 movie? The reviewers certainly think so. Variety gushes: ‘As numerous are the ways in which Luca Guadagnino’s latest (and most personal) film, “Call Me by Your Name,” advances the canon of gay cinema, none impresses more than the fact that it’s not necessarily a gay movie at all. Rather, the “I Am Love” director’s ravishingly sensual new film — adapted from André Aciman’s equally vivid, 1983-set coming-out/coming-of-age novel — is above all a story of first love, one that transcends the same-sex dynamic

of its central couple, much as “Moonlight” so recently did.’ Hollywood Elsewhere concurs: ‘Call Me By Your Name is an instant classic — a wonderfully sensual, delightful, superbly composed love story. Delicate, subtle, succulent, aromatic — one of the finest romantic dream-trip films ever — a movie about all-too-brief erotic bliss, love, obsession & inevitable loss. Exquisitely done, perfectly acted (Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalumet, Michael Stuhlbarg) and delivered with just the right degree of subtlety — the masterful Guadagnino (A Bigger Splash, I Am Love) blended with a mixture of Bernardo Bertolucci, Luchino Visconti and Eric Rohmer within a laid-back, highly refined atmosphere that’s 85% Italian, 15% American. This will almost surely turn out to the best film of Sundance ‘17 — definitely the most vividly realized, open-hearted gay romantic film since Brokeback Mountain — except it’s not so much ‘gay’ as alive and rich and full of flavor — a sun-dappled celebration of all things sensual, musical, architectural, natural, genital, etc.’

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