Call Me by Your Name

Call Me by Your Name ★★★★★

"Elio? Elio, Elio, Elio, Elio, Elio, Elio, Elio, Elio..."
"Oliver! I remember everything."

This is the kind of film that lays its hooks into you and it's only until later when you're thinking back on how wonderful a film it is that you realize just how much it has. I haven't read the book, so I have no idea how well adapted it is, but I'm guessing it's pretty much flawless because the film itself is an intricate slow-moving look at first love and first loss. Luca Guadagnino frames everything around Elio's hunger, desire, and appetite for more, more of Oliver, more knowledge, more of everything, leaving no longing look left behind. If all the world's a play and we all have our parts, Call Me by Your Name's is to shake us and remember that before life also started laying its hooks into us, shaping who we are and how we respond to various disappointments and triumphs regarding life and love, all of us, at one point or another, were Elio. And we have to always keep trying to get some of that wonder and poetry back in our lives, no matter how difficult it can sometimes seem. I never really saw the fuss regarding Timothee Chalamet, after only seeing him in Lady Bird before this, but I can now officially say I'm beyond a fan. It seems he's got bits and pieces of Leo, DDL and a few other legends in his DNA, but all this does is make him more of a legend in the making. He's literally gonna be in every film after this movie and he more than deserves it. Armie Hammer has never really impressed me that much, acting-wise, but he does a magnificent job here and one that even Hammer naysayers (c'mon, he can't help being that pretty and being born rich) should be able to appreciate. And look at Michael Stuhlbarg coming for that Best Supporting Actor nom. He plays the perfect dad and someone who just wants his son to be happy being his authentic self (which should be a prerequisite for any loving father, hello). Amira Casar is wonderful as well, playing the mother who knows more than she's letting on but only wants the best for her brilliant son. So, yeah, Luca Guadagnino's Call Me by Your Name lives up to the hype. It's a beautiful, disarming love story and one that only he could have told so effortlessly. And damn you, Sufjan Stevens, for fucking me up with your timeless music. Perfetto!

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