I read the book by Andre Aciman after watching the movie for the first time, and where the book is an intensely intimate examination of the protagonist's, Elio's, inner dialogue and feelings toward Oliver, the movie is an equally intimate examination of Elio and Oliver's interactions and chemistry together. Shot on location in southern Italy, the cinematography and backdrop for this summer love story is genuinely stunning, and the acting from its leads, Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer is captivating yet subtle and nuanced. More than just a love story, though, this movie is a coming-of-age, as well as a beautiful portrayal of family life with Michael Stuhlbarg carefully but naturally crafting one of the most inspiring father figures I've seen in many years. I can't recommend this film enough. I believe it is important for the world to see.
In 1983, the son of an American professor is enamored by the graduate student who comes to study and live with his family in their northern Italian home. Together, they share an unforgettable summer full of music, food, and romance that will forever change them.