also has a gentler, more conventionally romantic energy on screen (as opposed to the hungry, almost darkly obsessive tone of the book), and that may color perceptions of the depiction.
Director Luca Guadagnino and writer James Ivory choose to emphasize Elio’s fragility and youth in a way that suggests the relationship guts him emotionally, and the film skips the book’s closing jump into the future, where Elio’s view of the relationship has many more dimensions than just “sad.” There is also the simple fact that Hammer, at 31, looks much older than 24, and Chalamet, at 21, barely looks 17.
” has earned gushing early praise and is already a meme factory, even though it doesn’t open in the United States until Nov. It is a likely Oscar contender, particularly for Chalamet’s tremulous performance.
“She broke up with me one day before Valentine’s Day.
, the new adaptation of the much-loved novel by André Aciman about Elio, a precocious 17-year-old (Timothée Chalamet in the film), who has an intense romance with Oliver (Armie Hammer), a 24-year-old scholar staying with Elio’s family of bohemian intellectuals for a summer.
That, to me, is essential: is really all about Elio’s experience.
Few readers who were ever 17, particularly (gay) male readers, will not recognize some of themselves in him.
(You can Google Woods’ sex life if you wish, but Hammer’s retort wasn’t far off.) The story soon took a disturbing turn when actress Amber Tamblyn accused Woods of making a pass at her when she was 16 in Hollywood.