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Call Me By Your Name: why the critics are raving about the powerful new drama


Arriving in Cineworld on 27th October, moving drama Call Me By Your Name presents a visually stunning and heartbreaking depiction of first love.

Here's why you need to see the movie the critics are raving about, one currently rated at 96% on Rotten Tomatoes no less.

It's a superb adaptation of an acclaimed novel

Directed by Luca Guadagnino, helmer of celebrated Tilda Swinton movies I Am Love and A Bigger Splash, and scripted by esteemed Howard's End filmmaker James Ivory (of Merchant/Ivory fame), the movie has a formidable pedigree to its name.

Adapted from Andre Acamin's bestseller it's the story of the tender relationship that forms between young teenager Elio (Timothee Chalamet) and his father's handsome research assistant Oliver (Armie Hammer) in 1983 Italy.

Prepare to take more than a few hankies as the movie re-awakens those raw, nostalgic memories about what it was like to fall head over heels in love for the first time.

Newcomer Timothee Chalamet stuns

Perhaps best known for playing Matthew McConaughey's on-screen son in Christopher Nolan's epic Interstellar, Chalamet is surely about to enter the big time with his powerful new role.

The young actor plays bookish, intelligent Elio as a rangy, gangly collection of hormones and academic knowledge. Yet it's the mysteries of life itself that continue to elude him – at least until Oliver's presence turns his world upside down. As the latter asks: "Is there anything you don't know?"

The answer is yes and watching Elio's rise to maturity is key to the film's power.

Armie Hammer delivers a career-best performance

Following his breakout turn as the Winklevoss twins in David Fincher's The Social Network Hammer has perhaps struggled to find material that best suits him. That all changed this year however with his darkly funny turn in Ben Wheatley's Free Fire and he now one-ups that role in Call Me By Your Name.

The movie contrasts Hammer's brash, all-American attitude and physique with that of the more introverted Elio to present us with one of the most compelling romance stories in a long time. Hammer digs out the pain and longing behind Oliver's eyes to remind us of what a superb actor he is.

It looks (and sounds) gorgeous

It's not only blockbusters that deserve to be seen on the big screen. Call Me By Your Name captures the drowsy, sun-baked and endlessly romantic landscapes of Northern Italy in all their glory, the narrow streets, villas, towns and lakes becoming important characters in their own right.

Plus, with a score mixing piercing classical piano staples with plenty of retro 80s synth (plus original and previously unreleased numbers from Sufjan Stevens), the soundtrack is as dynamic as the performances and visuals.

It speaks to all of us

Possessed of a wise and melancholy streak the movie taps into those pivotal watershed moments in our lives, after which we're never the same again. It has beautiful and poignant things to say about family, love and relationships.

As Elio's father (Michael Stuhlbarg) observes: "Nature has cunning ways of finding our weakest spots." It's a profound message that resonates all the way throughout this superb movie.

Call Me By Your Name is released on 27th October. Check out the trailer below and let us know @Cineworld if you're planning to watch it.

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