Timothée Chalamet was a student at Columbia University when he first read Call Me By Your Name, the gay love story that’s had critics swooning since its Sundance Film Festival premiere in January.
After hearing of Luca Guadagnino’s film adaptation, he rented André Aciman’s 2007 novel through a book-sharing program and “didn’t give it back for a year,” Chalamet says. “I got charged $100 for a late fee.”
“Then you got paid to do the movie and could pay it back!” co-star Armie Hammer chimes in.
Set in the idyllic Italian countryside in 1983, Call Me (in theaters in New York and Los Angeles Friday) depicts the blossoming romance between 17-year-old Elio (Chalamet), a precocious yet sensitive musical prodigy, and 24-year-old Oliver (Hammer), who comes to work for Elio’s professor father (Michael Stuhlbarg) for the summer.
Initially put off by Oliver’s cockiness, Elio admires from afar and pursues a local girl (Esther Garrel). But through leisurely bike rides and poolside chats, the infatuated teen discovers surprising depth to Oliver and eventually acts on his feelings, embarking on a steamy relationship that mostly goes unacknowledged by Elio’s progressive parents. [Source]
Written by Mouza on November 21 2017