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'Call Me By Your Name' TIFF 2017 Review: As much a journey of love as it is a journey of self-acceptance

September 7, 2017Britany Murphy

Based on the 2007 novel of the same name by André Aciman, Call Me By Your Name is one of the most highly anticipated films to come to this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

And rightfully so. Bolstered by powerful performances from Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel and Michael Stuhlbarg, the story, set in Northern Italy in the 1980s, follows 17-year-old Elio Perlman (Chalamet). Chronicling his relationship with Oliver (Hammer), a doctoral student staying with the family in order to help Elio’s father (Stuhlbarg) on an archaeological find, the film beautifully depicts the intense attraction Elio and Oliver develop for one another, as they bond over their various passions, shared Jewish identity and sexuality.

Director Luca Guadagnino, whose last film was the equally gorgeous-looking A Bigger Splash, does an amazing job at getting the best out of his cast, with a particularly impassioned performance from Stuhlbarg. An honest and heartfelt ode to self-acceptance, Call Me By Your Name is a coming-of-age tale that audiences will genuinely enjoy.

Call Me By Your Name is receiving its Canadian premiere as part of TIFF 2017's Special Presentations / Next Wave programmes. Its runtime is 2 hrs. 12 min.

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