15 Best Movies and Performances of 2017 Sundance Film Festival

From fringe-movement docs to a baker's dozen of Cate Blanchetts – these were the films and unforgettable turns that made our festival

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'Call Me By Your Name'
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'Call Me By Your Name'

The great equalizer of Sundance 2017 – the one movie everyone seemed to rightfully go gaga over – was, hands down, Italian director Luca Guadagnino's coming-of-age story of a teenage boy (the wonderful Timothée Chalamet), a visiting scholar (Armie Hammer) staying with the lad's family on the Mediterranean coast and the sexed-up summer that changes both their lives. Folks familiar with the filmmaker's past work (I Am Love, A Bigger Splash) know that this is man who likes to take his time, and the movie is characterized by a sense of luxuriating in hot August nights, even hotter sex scenes and an overall Euro-sensuality. And just when you think the movie can't get any better, along comes Michael Stuhlbarg with a climactic speech about life and love that absolutely floors you. It's so good that even mind Hammer's off-brand Jon Hamm act seems to work beautifully. You also won't ever look at a peach the same way again.

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