From the director of I Am Love comes a sensual and transcendent tale of first love, based on the acclaimed novel by André Aciman. Set in sun-drenched northern Italy, this coming-of-age gay romance delivers “ravishing filmmaking and piercing wisdom” (LA Times).
It’s the summer of 1983 in northern Italy, and Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a precocious 17-year-old American-Italian, spends his days in his family’s 17th-century villa transcribing and playing classical music. While Elio’s sophistication and intellectual gifts suggest he is already a fully fledged adult, there is much that yet remains innocent and unformed about him, particularly about matters of the heart.
One day, Oliver (Armie Hammer), a charming American scholar working on his doctorate, arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio’s father. A leisurely exchange of books, fruit, glances and power unfolds as Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire that will alter their lives forever.