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Luca Guadagnino's gay love story 'Call Me by Your Name' is a new coming-of-age classic

Luca Guadagnino's gay love story 'Call Me by Your Name' is a new coming-of-age classic

“Call Me by Your Name,” Luca Guadagnino’s gloriously al fresco new movie, sets the scene in its opening moments: “summer 1983, somewhere in northern Italy.” It’s a fittingly lazy description of a time and place that could hardly be more idyllic. Men and women blissfully while away the hours, riding their bicycles by day and dancing well into the night. They read and play, swim and sunbathe, pausing to drink fresh-squeezed apricot juice and savor the sight of each other’s bodies.

To describe this as one of the year’s most pleasurable movies, in short, may be less a matter of critical insight than of simple observation. Pleasure isn’t just Guadagnino’s intended effect; it is one of...

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