It’s the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Elio, a 17- year-old American-Italian, spends his days in his family’s 17th century villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading, and flirting with his friend Marzia. One day, Oliver, a charming American scholar working on his doctorate, arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of the setting, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever. This critically-acclaimed masterpiece is directed by Luca Guadagnino and based on the acclaimed novel by André Aciman.
Cast: Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel
Genre: Drama, Romance
WHAT I LIKE?
I was speechless. It was pure beauty. The movie is a classic approach on first love that is framed beautifully in all angles. Shot from a wonderful place somewhere in Italy, the movie will give you a nostalgic feeling of the 80s. Sequences are consistent from the overall Setting, down to skimpy shorts of the characters and even the smallest details of the surroundings. Everything seems to be majestic as the surrounding is paving it way for a beautiful love story of Elio & Oliver. The place is just perfect for a “young love” on summer. The whole place is lovely and is perhaps one of the film’s major strengths. Aside from a captivating backdrop, the movie’s plot is simple. Elio and his family are spending summer and they are welcoming Oliver as an intern for Elio’s father. At first, I really like how the Director played on teasers. The movie also showcased the artistic side of Elio reading classical literature and playing piano. These scenes added to the classical feels and of course the romantic feels of the film. Also, the movie showcase the “youth” of Elio. A wild, free, high-spirited and immature being fed with curiosity in life. You can see his youth through his choices of words, shirts he wear and even his activities. Of course, it includes sexual desires with an opposite sex. Then there comes Oliver. The shifting of their romantic story was beautifully executed like a bamboo pole dancing with the direction of the wind. It was smooth. The attraction came at the perfect time. The first kiss of Elio and Oliver will leave you hanging. It was a clever move of the Director. As the movie progresses, you will be impressed on how natural the chemistry are between Elio and Oliver. I can almost feel a young and innocent love in the air. They were sensual scenes but it was done artistically and creatively in a way that you can feel that Elio and Oliver has LOVE and NOT LUST. Both of them has undeniable chemistry and I was really impressed with their performances. As actors, both of them have pulled off enough justice for this brilliantly-crafted masterpiece. Call Me By Your Name’s overall tone might be a little melancholic but I think it was just right given the period setting and even the location setting. Its nice to know that people really talk and read books way back then. The conflict and climax came in well too. I won’t spoil the ending but it was beautiful. Honestly, Call Me By Your Name is the best love story ever told in the genre. I am highly-recommending it to everyone.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE?
This is so beautiful and I can’t think of anything to hate for the movie.
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