Daytime television serials such as "The Young and the Restless" and "Days of Our Lives" are more adept at telling an attention-grabbing story with interesting subplots and complex characters that you can either love or..
The predictable end, which comes with an abruptness that feels altogether too constructed, completes the fantasy of transgression that's at the heart of the movie's appeal, however elaborate the trappings.
Exquisite parts of locations, set decoration, costumes, and editorial gymnastics, but to absorb it all in one single sit requires a heroic, possibly superhuman patience that I'm not convinced Guadagnino has earned.
The characters seem reasonably interesting, and so we continue to watch them. But at no point do we care about them any more than we might care about attractive strangers sitting at another table in a restaurant.
This lavish Italian melodrama has had festival crowds and critics cooing, but it's hard to see what all the fuss is about beyond the luscious visuals and American composer John Adams's off-kilter score.