So with all that in place, now I don't feel bad about saying something really shitty about the film: it has editing.
Not persistently, and not enough to ruin the movie.
(b) A person at least eighteen (18) years of age who, with a child atleast fourteen (14) years of age but less than sixteen (16) years ofage, performs or submits to any fondling or touching, of either the childor the older person, with intent to arouse or to satisfy the sexualdesires of either the child or the older person, commits sexualmisconduct with a minor, a Class D felony.
However, the offense is: (2) a Class B felony if it is committed by using or threatening theuse of deadly force, while armed with a deadly weapon, or if thecommission of the offense is facilitated by furnishing the victim,without the victim's knowledge, with a drug (as defined in IC16-42-19-2 (1)) or a controlled substance (as defined in IC 35-48-1-9) orknowing that the victim was furnished with the drug or controlledsubstance without the victim's knowledge.
(b) A person who, with a child under fourteen (14) years of age,performs or submits to any fondling or touching, of either the child orthe older person, with intent to arouse or to satisfy the sexual desiresof either the child or the older person, commits child molesting, a Class C felony.
However, the offense is a Class A felony if: (3) the commission of the offense is facilitated by furnishing thevictim, without the victim's knowledge, with a drug (as defined in IC16-42-19-2 (1)) or a controlled substance (as defined in IC 35-48-1-9) orknowing that the victim was furnished with the drug or controlledsubstance without the victim's knowledge.
Not that it's necessarily more beautiful than Guadagnino's other films, which have set a very high level for visual beauty; and while Chalamet and Hammer both turn in very fine performances (I'm especially fond of the way Hammer moves: lazy poses that suddenly coil up and turn into darting motions, like a happy rabbit jumping from place to place), it lacks the strong human element of his collaborations with Tilda Swinton (who has held the lead role in three of his four previous features).
Still, this is a rich feast of simmering adolescent feelings, visual celebration of human and non-human beauty, and a lazy pace that evokes the hot-but-not-too-hot relaxation of the Italian summer.
I won't name the editor to shame him, because this looks very much like a best attempt at dealing with problems in the footage; but the problem remains, a hideous blemish on the movie's perfectly-sculpted surface.
), and one more esoteric, artistic reason: this isn't a film about sex, gay or any other sort, not really.
It's a film in which gay sex is symptomatic of the actual content, which is the shyness and uncertainty of first love; specifically & necessarily same-sex first love, but not just because of the fucking.
In 1983, that student is 26-year-old Oliver (Armie Hammer), and the film documents the achingly slow process by which Elio figures out the vocabulary by which to tell Oliver without him that the teen has a gigantic crush on the visitor; and then the nervous flirtation that emerges between the two of them; and then the very enthusiastic physical relationship to follow.
It's all very small-scale stuff: a "what I did on my summer vacation" essay about first love, first sex, and the giddiness of watching the person you're infatuated with go about the fascinating acts of e.g. But the smallness is exactly its strength: this is as good a depiction of teenage lust, both physical and emotional, as I can remember seeing in God knows how long, in large part because of how much both the native state of nervous,shy, infatuated teenagers and the filmography Luca Guadagnino is an intoxicated state of looking-at-the-thing.