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Directed by Luca Guadagnino

Ten years ago I read André Aciman’s novel about an affair between a teenage boy and an older man employed by the boy’s father as a research assistant. Reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith’s beautiful novel Carol, Aciman moved me with his literary depths as I imagined the sensual fever of the character’s first love. Cut to 2017 and Guadagnino’s filmic ode to that novel is a triumph. Call Me By Your Name doesn’t flounder under the weight of the usual queer baggage which often exists in LGBT celluloid. Instead, this story flourishes with a sense of intellectual and erotic delight, and a grand sense of humour and pathos that often comes from more established directors. This is how first love feels - Delirious. Sexy. Dangerous. And sad. The human condition. Intoxicating as any liquor. This film transcends the usual boundaries of the love that shall not be named oeuvre and fits exactly where all queer stories shall one day rest – in the beautiful canon, next to the straights’.

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