2018 (UK), Drama/Romance, 2h 12m
Starring: Timothee Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg & Esther Garrell
It’s the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who’s working as an intern for Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.
I want to start by saying I didn’t see this movie for a long time because I thought the concept wasn’t romantic at all, I’d heard people talking about certain scenes like the one with the peach, and I just thought the entire thing seemed creepy and seedy.
Boy was I wrong!
This film is joyful, gorgeous to look at, and emotionally devastating, with deeply affecting central performances! Chalamet is unstoppable at the moment, and rightfully so, he is fantastic!
The sun-soaked sets and swooning cinematography will have you wanting to jet off abroad – and leave you envious that the holiday romance you had in Ibiza wasn’t as romantic or life-changing as the one you’re watching.
This radiant romance immerses in the lives of a boy coming into manhood, and a man already there.