Year: 2017 Director: Luca Guadagnino
This is one of those films that I went to see purely based on reviews I had read rather than any word of mouth or knowledge of the actors in it. It is in a way a coming of age film but I think much more than that it is a commentary on relationships and the opportunity to experience something special regardless of the upset when it is over. Elio is seventeen and living with his parents in a Lombardy farmhouse. His father is an archaeologist who employs an American Intern Oliver during the summer months. Elio initially treats Oliver with disdain because he has to give up his bedroom for him and also his perceived arrogance. Elio is preoccupied with his piano playing and composition and there is a nice allegory between his unfinished piano piece and his confused feelings for Oliver. During the summer the local teenage girls come to the family farmhouse for a party and swoon at Oliver’s prowess on the dance floor and he initially appears to be a hit with one of the girls although her advances are subtly dismissed. Elio on the other hand embarks on what appears » Continue Reading.