Starring the gorgeous Armie Hammer and set in Northern Italy, Call Me By Your Name tells the story of an Italian teenager who befriends an American who comes to stay for the summer of 1983. When their friendship unexpectely tips over into some summer lovin’, it’s the beginning of a relationship that will play out over the next 20 years.
The film, adapted from the 2007 novel by American writer André Aciman by James Ivory (one half of the 80s powerhouse Merchant Ivory, who produced the seminal gay film Maurice), became an immediate critical sensation when it debuted at the Sundance film festival last January. It currently holds a rare 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on reviews, and is being tipped for Oscar glory.
But this year’s Best Film Oscar also went to a gay coming of age tale, Moonlight, so it’s highly unlikely another one will come out top dog next March. Still, Armie Hammer’s performance is getting great notice, so who knows? He might join the likes of Tom Hanks and Sean Penn to become a straight actor given an Academy award for playing gay.
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