Cast: Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Story: Andre Aciman
Screenplay: James Ivory
Producers: Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino
Production company: Frenesy Film Company
Music director: Sufjan Stevens
Cinematographer: Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
Editor: Walter Fasano
Run time: 2hrs, 8mins
Timothee Chalmet is a adolescent boy whose father is an archaeologist. He invites his student Armie Hammer to stay in his house. The boys get to spend a lot of time together and ends up in seductive relationship. How long it takes them forms the crux of the story.
Both the male leads Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet have some serious guts to act in such bold characters as homosexuals, they both have justified their roles by leaving out some amazing performances. Director is keen on giving out a product without any compromises, his realistic touch is ought to be appreciated. The film’s topic is a rare piece, hence the freshness automatically appears. Sufjan Stevens’s background score gives a pleasant feeling. Sayombhu Mukdeeprom’s camera work is neat, he has captured nature in a beautiful manner. Time period which travels through is replicated on screen by some quality art work. The relationship between the male leads were handled in a matured way. The ending is actually somewhat relief.
Other than the leads, rest of the supporting artists doesn’t have any big importance or nothing big to play in the story. Neglecting the not much seen content, the plot is extremely awkward since it is gay stuff. In spite of the core line being a monotonous one, nowhere the film at least tries to convince us by conveying the justifying facts of the relationship it carries. James Ivory’s screenplay is sluggish beyond the limit, certain scenes and characters have been given too much of detailing which doesn’t fall in the film’s favor at any point of time. Walter Fasano’s editing is quite lenient and let go lot of unwanted portions which disturbed the engagement factor. By suiting the plot, there are some bizarre sequences inside the film.
TO CONCLUDE – Kind of a sick plot which could’ve been taken in a much more satisfying path.