‘Call Me By Your Name’ Trailer: Armie Hammer Leads a Lovely Coming-of-Age Drama
We’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of Call Me By Your Name ever since its premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where the new drama from director Luca Guadagnino (A Bigger Splash) was hailed as one of the best of the fest. With a release set for November, it might just become one of the best films of 2017 (it’s certainly a strong contender for this awards season). At the very least, the first official trailer has us more intrigued than ever by this lovely coming-of-age romance starring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet.
The latter gives a breakthrough performance as a 17-year-old boy named Elio whose life in Italy with his American professor father (Michael Stuhlbarg) and his Italian translator mother (Amira Casar) has instilled in him certain intellectual and creative proclivities. But his sense of self is disrupted by the arrival of Oliver (Armie Hammer), a handsome scholar with whom Elio forms a life-changing relationship.
That relationship is central to this poignant coming-of-age drama, in which Hammer, Chalamet and Stuhlbarg all give remarkable performances. According to early reviews out of Sundance, Stuhlbarg specifically has a key scene late in the film that is not to be missed.
It’s the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a precocious 17- year-old American-Italian boy, spends his days in his family’s 17th century villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading, and flirting with his friend Marzia (Esther Garrel). Elio enjoys a close relationship with his father (Michael Stuhlbarg), an eminent professor specializing in Greco-Roman culture, and his mother Annella (Amira Casar), a translator, who favor him with the fruits of high culture in a setting that overflows with natural delights. While Elio’s sophistication and intellectual gifts suggest he is already a fully-fledged adult, there is much that yet remains innocent and unformed about him, particularly about matters of the heart. One day, Oliver (Armie Hammer), a charming American scholar working on his doctorate, arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of the setting, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.
The first trailer is very effective, to say the least, and based on the strength of Guadagnino’s previous films, like A Bigger Splash and I Am Love, we’re beyond excited to see what he delivers this time around. Call Me By Your Name arrives in select theaters on November 24, and expands to additional screens in the following weeks.