Call Me by Your Name ★★★★

Figures that the Academy would heap adulation on Luca Guadagnino’s least great post-I Am Love movie. I guess I’m more of a fan of his trademark arthouse bombast and excess. I’m quite surprised by the quiet restraint on show here. But I’m not complaining much as I really enjoyed the elegance and nuance of the story’s fleeting romance. This is like a contemporary update of Visconti’s Death in Venice, all told through Rohmeresque lenses. Loved those talks on art and culture throughout. And the use of the Sufjan Stevens songs is wonderful, as well.