• It’s one of the highlights of 2017 because of the cast, the photography (by Sayombhu Mukdeeprom (who regularly works with Apichatpong Weerasethakul which may be why much of this film feels like a dream)), the songs by Sufjan Stevens, but it’s Guadagnino who is the star putting it all together. It’s his third archiveable film after I Am Love and A Bigger Splash. He makes unique romances set in a glorious backdrop (Italy).
  • Excellent performances by Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, and the ever-brilliant Michael Stuhlbarg
  • The entire film feels like a fond memory of your best summer. Guadagnino shoots the film better than reality possibly could—almost with a filter of nostalgia— meaning it could never be this beautiful
  • Strong character building of the two leads—I love how Hammer’s character is built. He comes in and falls asleep for like 16 hours, eats an egg in 2 seconds flat, dancers with all his heart (“love my way” by Psychedelic Fur will always remind me of this film now) and without giving a shit about what people think and goes all out at volleyball. He even drinks his juice in one entire gulp. He’s sensitive enough to wait for Chalamet’s character to make the first move but then falls all the way in love
  • There is a tremendous tracking shot around a war monument in town. It’s as if the two can’t speak of their budding romance and love for one another yet so it’s all done by looks and wrestling—Guadagnino does it in one shot here and it’s one of the films many highlights
  • Another highlight is the monologue delivered by Stuhlbarg at the end. His warmth and goodness just wash over you
  • And the final highlight for me is the final long take of Chalamet in close up and the devastation he feels. It is a bold choice and works here
  • It’s largely a slow-burn- slowly paced but it does punch you in the third act
  • Form in food with the apricot and peaches and the study of antiquity (from the opening credits to the office of Stuhlbarg during the monologue) are a formal backdrop as well- it doesn’t hurt that Hammer, the center of the summer fixation, basically looks like a roman god
  • Medication on love and heartbreak
  • More than just the brilliant final shot—the change of seasons in the finale is an important jolt to the viewer and in step and form with the film’s themes
  • Highly Recommend but I could see it going to a Must-See with another watch