Call Me by Your Name (2017 coming-of-age drama film)
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  • Calmly and carefully, Guadagnino navigates that confusing and overwhelming, but at the same time enlightening, first experience with love, and the result is an eternal romance whose place in the film books is already assured
  • But as I said, the real stars of the film are its actors, led by a fantastic performance by Chalamet, and surprisingly, followed closely by Michael Stuhlbarg, who plays Elio's dad
  • It's one of the most beautiful and powerful scenes that I've seen in a long time, I felt so many things watching these two characters baring their souls that this scene is something is worth mentioning, as one of the highlights of this story
  • Although the film is a bit long, that helps to build up all the tension, and you definitely feel it, there's moment where you find yourself dying to see some action happening between this two characters already


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    Call me by your name is an adaptation of the homonymous book of 2007 that comes to open the minds of many. This story begins in northern Italy of 1983, where Elio (Timothee Chamalet), a 17-year-old boy, spends the summer with his parents. He spends the days waiting for the summer to end, reading, playing his piano and guitar and going out with his friends. But Oliver (Armie Hammer) arrives to break that routine. He lands in Italy as a scholar to help Elio’s father, a professor of archeology, for six weeks.
  • Call Me by Your Name (2017 coming-of-age drama film)
  • In the beautiful northern Italy takes place the story of Call Me by Your Name, the latest film by the Italian director, Luca Guadagnino. Calmly and carefully, Guadagnino navigates that confusing and overwhelming, but at the same time enlightening, first experience with love, and the result is an eternal romance whose place in the film books is already assured. Between baths in the lakes of Italy, discussions on language, history and music, Elio and Oliver give in to their wishes and experience a summer that is destined to change their lives forever.

    Since his arrival, Oliver has become the main attraction of the home, in which the young Elio is an only child. The safety and immediate popularity of Oliver and his perfect body provoke opposite feelings in Elio, unleashing an innocent competition that eventually becomes flirting and ends up with Elio’s first homosexual experience, which embarks him, without realizing it, in an urgent search for identity, just like Oliver does as well.

  • Call Me by Your Name (2017 coming-of-age drama film)
  • In the urgent search for identity of the protagonists, the director and his screenwriter, James Ivory, move the cards with the concentration and precision of a surgeon. The first encounters between the protagonists are momentary and uncomfortable, but always revealing. The tension increases with time, as well as the desire between of the protagonists. Little by little, Elio’s envy turns into admiration, and then into a strong attraction. When the moment that realization finally arrives, the director comes back to take his time, this time focusing on the disaster that may be the first sexual encounter between two people who have been wanting each other for a long time. Kisses become attempts to bite, as when you want to eat someone, and not in a allegorically way.

  • Call Me by Your Name (2017 coming-of-age drama film)
  • Call Me by Your Name is undoubtedly a very different movie, but also very necessary. The chemistry that the actors have is clearly reflected in their characters, it is noted that they have a very special connection that travels the screen until it reaches the heart of the audience. If Armie Hammer is outstanding, Timothee is out of this world. During the film we see him playing various instruments and speaking English, French and Italian as if each of the languages were his mother tongue; he does everything naturally. Both of them work in such a way that it gives smoothness to the story, it’s never forced, everything flows by itself, trapping us in each moment and conquering us little by little.

  • Call Me by Your Name (2017 coming-of-age drama film)
  • This movie never ceases to be an intimate story, because Guadagnino and his screenwriter are not interested at all in exploring the social implications of a homosexual relationship in the eighties. These issues are present in our subconscious, and it is up to us to tie them to the internal struggles of the protagonists. The intimate and remote location of their home and the incredibly tolerant and smart parents that Elio has, forces the filmmaker to skip some of the most explored themes of queer cinema, focusing on the immediate consequences of this romance, something very refreshing in movies similar to this one, where there’s a lot of drama focused on the gay subject. There’s not a moment in he entire film where being in a homosexual relationship creates a conflict that brings a villain to the plot to prevent this romance. These conflicts will be created alone between the two boys, but they will also face and overcome them.

  • Call Me by Your Name (2017 coming-of-age drama film)
  • But as I said, the real stars of the film are its actors, led by a fantastic performance by Chalamet, and surprisingly, followed closely by Michael Stuhlbarg, who plays Elio’s dad. The veteran actor is responsible for a monologue in the third act that not only adds layers on layers to his quiet but wise character, but serves as a catalyst for a story that requires patience and tolerance. It’s one of the most beautiful and powerful scenes that I’ve seen in a long time, I felt so many things watching these two characters baring their souls that this scene is something is worth mentioning, as one of the highlights of this story.

    In Call Me by Your Name, the director takes us to the Italy of the 80s, showing us a scenario with colors that make you feel as if you were right there. You can almost smell the nature, feel the water, smell the food, all while falling in love. Although the film is a bit long, that helps to build up all the tension, and you definitely feel it, there’s moment where you find yourself dying to see some action happening between this two characters already. This is a film that enchanted me and conquered me. It’s extremely natural, tender, real and necessary in terms of the issues it deals with. Amazing work, totally recommended.



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