Number of Times Seen – 1 (23 Dec 2017)
Brief Synopsis – During a summer of innocence in the Italian countryside during the 1980’s, a teenager and a young research assistant start a forbidden affair that changes the paths of both of their lives.
My Take on it – This is a film that has gotten a lot of hype lately mainly due to its bold use of a forbidden relationship.
The premise is quite interesting and it works largely due to the feeling that the budding love between the two characters is slowly progressed and doesn’t seem rushed in any way like most movie romances.
Both Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer do a great job making us believe their relationship as it slowly grows between them over the course of the summer.
The fact that their character’s personalities are so diverse helps the believability because one is excessively shy and innocent while the other is slightly older and bolder in his demeanor.
The characters are all interesting to watch here and being that we only learn about this short summer period, we are quite curious to know what happened in their lives prior to the time frame shown and the decades following their summer romance.
The dialogue between all the characters is minimal yet remains clever and poignant whenever conversations begin.
My only compliant about this film is that it feels too long and too many scenes drag on instead of ‘cutting to the chase’ more quickly.
Bottom Line – Interesting premise that works most of the time because we can truly believe the way the two of the characters fall slowly in love over the course of the summer. Chalamet and Hammer are really believable as lovers and the fact that one is shy and one is outgoing works quite well to keep things feeling realistic. The characters are interesting to watch and we constantly want to know more about their lives. The dialogue is fun to listen to and remains clever the whole time. The one drawback of this film is that some parts move along super slowly and you just want them to be sped up. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film is dedicated to actor Bill Paxton, who died in February 2016. Brian Swardson, the husband of one of the film’s producers, Peter Spears, was Bill Paxton’s best friend and agent. He is also the agent for Timothée Chalamet. Bill visited the set in Italy and became friends with director Luca Guadagnin. Luca decided to honor Bill by dedicating the film to him. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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