There is no better way to start the year than with a good movie, for that reason I decided to bring up to the table “Call Me By Your Name” a movie from the Italian-Algerian film director, Luca Guadagnino, best-known for his titles “The Protagonists”, “I Am Love” and “A Bigger Splash”. For the other hand, one of the particularities of Guadagnino’s work is that his films create an empathy with the spectator catching you from the first minute, due to their stories are usually a poetic dance between passion and drama that surrounds visceral textures of their characters.
“Call Me By Your Name” is based in the 2007 novel by André Aciman, that tells the story of Elio Perlman played by Timothée Chalamet, a clever 17-year-old boy who lives with his parents in a villa in northern Italy. His mother Annella (Amira Casar), a translator and his father ( Michael Stuhlbarg), a Greco-Roman culture teacher, usually invites students to his villa every summer to work, and with the arrival of Oliver, played by Armie Hammer, that summer the world of Elio collides with what he thinks he knows and what he does not know about the subtle art of love .
Guadagnino presents this story to us through the eyes of the precocious Elio, who spends his days, reading, transcribing and playing classical music, and from time to time, flirting with his friend Marzia. But with the arrival of Oliver, a young American in his 20s who is working on his doctorate, Elio’s curiosity begins to awaken; however at first, he is reluctant to fall into the charms of Oliver, but at one point in the plot, he finds himself trying to impress him without understand why.
Their affair begins slowly, as trying to discover each other from the distance, from a safe place between innuendo and incomplete sentences; but as the film progresses that distance begins to decrease while they start playing games going through encounters to evasions, pull and release, desire and fear... where everything has a meaning but they don’t always say what they want to or think.
This movie is set in 1983, so it is not surprising that Guadagnino with the help of James Ivory as a writer, presents the love adventures of the characters with subtlety and sensitivity, showing us what society was like at that time and under what values it was based, during a moment of history where AIDS still did not appear, but certain behaviors and romances had to remain in the dark.
Every little detail in this film is intoxicating and seductive, the fruit, the piano, the way they see art, the books, the music and even the brief love affairs of their characters with women fulfill a purpose in this story presented by the director.
“Call me by your name” talks about the creation of a new man, where Elio’s desire found his purpose in life, thanks to love, he is liberated of the chains and becomes what he is and wanted to be. But as with most love stories, heartbreak is inevitable, after lived an idyllic affair with Oliver, Elio has to face his absence and try to figure out how to continues living, due to that’s how life works sometimes, we don’t always get what we want and the world would keep spinning.
What did I love about “Call Me by Your Name”?
Guadagnino has the ability to transform beauty into feelings and make it palpable through the screen, making it impossible not to fall in love with Elio and Oliver. But definitely, one of my favorite scenes in the movie is when Elio has a frank conversation with his father about love and life. And despite being the 80’s his father shown supportive and reminds him how lucky he is to have experienced such a pure and real love at such an early age when many people spend their entire lives without finding it.
In fact, the film obtained 3 nominations for the Golden Globes, which are celebrated this January 7, 2018, in the categories of Best Film Drama, Best Film Drama Actor (Timothee Chalamet), and Best Film Supporting Actor (Armie Hammer) , now we can only wait to see if they win one of these nominations.
Call Me By Your Name
- Director: Luca Guadagnino.
- Writers: James Ivory and Luca Guadagnino.
- Starts: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar and Esther Garrel.
- Rating: R.
- Running Time: 2h 12m.
- Genres: Drama and Romance.
- Studio: Sony Pictures Classics.
- IMDb Rating: 8.4 / 10.
Did you watch the movie? What do you think? Did you loved it or did you hated it? I would love to hear your opinion about it!