Call Me By Your Name

This film jumps off the page, or rather, the screen, by showing off its ability to exemplify emotion. It celebrates difference and how unique and special everyone’s personal story is while demonstrating the tragic sense of loss and heartache felt through young love.

Call Me By Your Name introduces to us Elio Perlman, played by Timothee Chalamét, who is traveling through the voyage of youth and self discovery that every teenager goes through, which, let’s be honest, is a song that has been sung many a time on the big screen. The tale of youth is Michael Jackson’s Thriller album, repeatedly played, yet always extraordinary. What sets Elio’s story apart, however, is the tragic, heart-wrenching feeling of the pure affection of youth and confusion of self-discovery, not only in his self, yet also his sexuality. This confusion comes in the form of Oliver, portrayed by Armie Hammer, an intern working for Elio’s father. Their confusing path of love and struggle sets this movie apart with brilliant acting that makes the movie connect emotionally with a glorious and heart-wrenching splendor.

Timothee Chalamét delivers a performance that connects with the audience in an unbelievably pure sense. Timothee perfectly portrays the confusion and heartache his character feels throughout the movie. His performance, which was deservingly nominated for the Oscar for Best Actor, can be referenced as an example of how to portray emotion. Timothee’s facial expression and eyes truly connect with the viewer and make you feel exactly what Elio is going through. Armie Hammer backs up this performance in a no less than stellar form, delivering incredible lines that make you feel just as enchanted as Elio is.

However, these terrific performances would fall on deaf ears without the incredible directing and writing of Luca Guadagnino. This is truly a filmmaker’s delight, with gorgeous lighting and beautiful shots of the Italian landscapes. This directing features picture perfect scenes, and an incredible dialogue, taking advantage of all the perfect actors. Michael Stuhlbarg delivers a breathtaking monologue on the brevity of life and the bittersweet passion of love. Call Me By Your Name is a ride of splendor running through the pathway of youth and joy of love.

Sufjan Stevens also wrote a song called “Mystery Of Love”, which is sooooo amazing!

Rating: KOBE BEEF!!!

Memorable Quotes:

  1. Call me by your name and I’ll call you by mine.” – Oliver
  2. We rip so much out of ourselves to be cured of things faster than we should that we go bankrupt by the age of thirty and have less to offer each time we start something new. But to feel nothing so as not to feel anything – what a waste!” – Mr. Perlman
  3. Elio. Elio. Elio. Elio. Elio Elio Elio Elio…..”                                                                                 “Oliver. I haven’t forgotten anything.” – Elio to Oliver
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