“Call me by your name”

Armie Hammer in a tale of love and desire

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BY: Claire Connors

After receiving a long standing O at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Call Me By Your Name, the perplexingly titled memory piece by Italian director Luca Guadagninoa is seducing audiences and critics alike at other national film festivals before it opens on Thanksgiving weekend.

Based on the debut novel by André Aciman, the film is a lush love story set in Italy during the summer of 1983. Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger, The Man From U.N.C.L.E) plays Oliver, an intelligent, not to mention drop dead gorgeous young grad student who arrives at the countryside home of his professor (Michael Stuhlbarg), his wife (Amira Casar) and their genius 17-year-old son, Elio (Timothée Chalamet) for a six week stay. We watch as the innocent Elio falls madly, deeply, and passionately in love for the first time with this handsome, oh-so sexy visitor.

Already being given a 98% approval rating by Rotten Tomatoes, this sensitive coming-of-age tale is on the short list for Oscar attention this year. We can’t wait to see how the voters swing with the queer-friendly film but we’re hoping it’s recognized for it’s powerful, romantic message about love and acceptance.