For all of us who weren’t lucky enough to attend this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Sony has given us the first glimpse into the sensational coming-of-age drama, Call Me by Your Name. The movie, directed by Luca Guadagnino (A Bigger Splash, I Am Love) and based on the novel by André Aciman, received beaucoups praise after it debuted at Sundance. And we know we’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, but damn… this is a really nice cover.
Set in the picturesque Italian region of Lombardy during the ‘80s, the trailer follows the movie’s male ingenue, Elio (Timothée Chalamet), on a trip with his academic parents in his summer before college. Also along for the trip: His father’s charismatic student Oliver (Armie Hammer), who appears to have taken time from a Ralph Lauren catalogue shoot to assist Elio’s professor father (Michael Stuhlbarg) with his archaeological work.
Initially, Elio finds it hard to take Oliver’s confidence and brashness seriously (he pokes fun at him behind his back to the rest of the family.) Elio, in his own way, though, displays a youthful overconfidence in his well-read, highly-cultured intelligence. But as he takes the older man throughout Lombardy and his feelings grow less ambivalent, Elio realizes the extent of his own ignorance about love, sex, and himself.
Sexual tension perfumes the Italian air, and Elio’s pituitary gland is clearly working overtime. The trailer hints at something beyond than a gay coming-of-age movie, with shots of Elio cavorting with girls as well as Oliver—suggesting a complicated dive into early sexuality beyond a binary.
Between the stunning visuals of Sayombhu Mukdeeprom’s cinematography, the chemistry between the film’s leads, and a soundtrack featuring two new Sufjan Steven’s songs—including the aptly-titled “Mystery of Love,” debuted here—Call Me by Your Name virtually promises to show up as an Oscar contender. The movie will not screen until November 24, allowing viewers to watch it without feeling inadequate about their own boring, domestic summers.