In the 1980s, a teen in Italy falls for an older man. Based on the book by André Aciman. Starring Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, and Michael Stuhlbarg.
This film left a bad taste in my mouth. The premise of the film is young romance. It’s not that; it’s child abuse. The film tries to overlook this by setting the story in Italy where the legal age of consent is 14. Elio, the young man, is just 17 in the film. The film does include the usual confusion about life and sex in adolescence, but in the film, Oliver, the older man, takes advantage of Elio. Throughout the film, it’s obvious Elio is very confused and thinks the problem lies within himself. The film attempts to cover up the abuse with the fact that it looks like Elio made the first move, but that wouldn’t hold up in a court of law. Oliver would be jailed for child abuse. To top it off, the parents allowed the relationship to happen; they permit the two to go away together. Throughout the film, I never felt that this was a good portrayal of young love; it’s a very unhealthy version of it. This film is not worth the watch.