Call Me By Your Name is a sublime sensual masterpiece and one of the most beautiful cinematic coming of age stories ever made, matching wonderful performances with a gorgeous view of the Italian landscape. The film tells the story of Elio (Timothee Chalamet), a 17-year-old who begins to fall for a student (Armie Hammer) of his father (Michael Stuhlbarg) over the summer of 1983 in their Italian retreat. Chalamet and Hammer have awkward, poignant, and heartbreaking chemistry, and Stuhlbarg’s final monologue ranks among the greatest movie speeches of all-time.
Everything in the film is subdued, with the shots capturing nothing but emotion, yet not making diverting the plot from the stark reality of 1983. There’s a beautiful score, but other than that the film’s beauty relies entirely on the subtle acting choices made by the actors, and the film’s lack of a central narrative makes it feel all the more natural. Call Me By Your Name isn’t just the best romance film of the year, but an instant classic, and one of the year’s very best films. Grade: A+