gabriel’s review published on Letterboxd:
We rip out so much of ourselves to be cured of things faster, that we go bankrupt by the age of 30 and have less to offer each time we start with someone new. But to make yourself feel nothing so as not to feel anything... What a waste.
Sometimes I ask myself what is it about cinema that makes it so great. And sometimes Hollywood gives me the wrong answer when it seems like the only goal in this industry is to make more and more money, no matter how much of the art is sacrificed. But sometimes I stumble upon these gems that remind me of how good it is to watch a film and to fall in love with it. It's those simple stories that in their world of reality take me on a journey through other people's lives. Through their pains and tears, through their smiles and laughs. The authenticity of those moments and how it's captured through the lens of a camera, that's what makes this whole experience feel so real and so special. It's like being a third party watching life unravel before your eyes. You can only watch and feel every single thing the people in front of you are showing, thinking and feeling.
'Call Me By Your Name' is nothing but genuine. It's a difficult and confusing first love. It's how people suffer with such love, while also being happy they found something so special. Luca Guadagnino did an amazing job directing the film and taking advantage of the bright colors and the landscape of Italy to arrange this beautiful environment, and a perfect one, to build a romance. A romance that could've been really hard to sell for the audience in general hadn't it been for the delicacy and respect that it was treated with. Had it not been for the main actors, especially Timothée Chalamet, who so flawlessly gave life to these characters that were just as fictional as they were real people. And you could ask me what is the greatest thing about 'Call Me By Your Name' and I would tell you that there isn't one. It's every aspect and detail that when put together build this window to the world we live in and that, sometimes, feels like the world one would like to live in.
Take 2 hours of your time to look at this film and its visuals, to listen to the soundtrack that perfectly follows each scene where it's inserted, to fall in love with a couple, to be heartbroken, to be mesmerized by a final monologue that strikes right in the bone, to be hypnotized by a simple look at a fireplace and, mainly, to appreciate the unforgettable work of art, the big picture, that is 'Call Me By Your Name'.