Call Me By Your Name – Review

Genre Drama
Directed by Luca Guadagnino
Starring Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel, Victoire Du Bois
Released on January 22, 2017(Sundance), November 24, 2017(United States),  January 18, 2018 (Brazil), January 25, 2018 (Italy), February 28, 2018(France)
Duration 132 minutes
Flixxpanda Rating   9/10
Channel Amazon Prime Video

Have you ever fallen in love? The kind of love where its completely and utterly uncontrollable? That’s what Call Me By Your Name is all about. I must have watched this movie at least five times, and to say I adore it, would be an understatement. There are no words except ‘beautiful’ that come to mind when I think of Call Me By Your Name because it’s just so beautiful that I’m left a little tongue-tied.

Starring the stunning Timothée Chalamet as ‘Elio’ alongside Armie Hammer as ‘Oliver’, Call Me By Your Name is a movie that is going to be forever known as a classic and one of its kind. Based on the novel by André Aciman, the movie is set in 1980s Italy. We see Call Me By Your Name in the beautiful shots and gorgeous colors that grace the screen. The film is directed by the phenomenal Luca Guadagnino.

Precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. This is where he meets Oliver, a doctoral student who’s working as an intern for Elio’s father. Over the course of the summer, Elio falls in love with Oliver and they discover their heady desire for one another and the beauty of impulsive love.

What stands out the most about Call Me By Your Name is the way love is depicted. Its shown as completely uncontrollable. The way the characters seem almost helpless and so deep that it alters their lives forever. The flames spring to life so suddenly, albeit gently and then burn out furiously. Elio and Oliver’s relationship is tender but passionate, and it blossoms so beautifully that we’re left a bit awestruck.

But Oliver alas, must leave once the summer is over. This leaves Elio in a state of utter despair. The train station scene where Oliver pulls in Elio for one last hug shows so much vulnerability, it leaves no room for doubt as the theatre collectively bursts into tears.

Call Me By Your Name is a testament to Luca Guadagnino’s talents. To show something so delicate and to depict and convey emotions so perfectly on screen is a herculean task.

The music for the movie speaks volumes all by itself. Sufjan Steven’s music, used in some of the most climactic scenes in the movie, is in a class all by itself. Along with all the gorgeous piano classics, the melodies will resonate in your heart long after the movie is over.

Call Me By Your Name received an insanely positive response on its premiere and developed quite a strong fanbase. Even though we’re heading towards better times, it’s not easy to show two men falling in love on the big screen and get away with it. It takes courage. The casting was impeccable and Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet’s acting skills speak for themselves.

There is real progress being made here. If you haven’t seen the Call Me By Your Name you’re missing out on an experience that will leave you breathless in its elegance and its dexterity to tell a story the right way.

Video credit – YouTube

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