Call Me By Your Name Review



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Luca Gaudagnino’s film Call Me By Your Name is a dazzling, heart-wrenching coming of age tale about summertime, first love and sexuality. Set in the Italian countryside in 1983, the film follows the story of 17-year-old Elio (Timothee Chalamet) and the relationship he develops with Oliver (Armie Hammer), his father’s live-in research assistant. There’s poignancy, poetry, tenderness and heart ache – all the things that come with the throes of first love.

Gaudagnino’s films are well known for their breathtaking visuals, both aesthetically and symbolically. He’s no stranger to exploring complex human relationships – his previous films I Am Love and A Bigger Splash touch on similar topics; sexual relationships, awakenings, longings and passions, and Call Me By Your Name does so with the same care, depth and subtleties of these works.

When the characters lie in the sun drenched outside world of the Italian countryside, we feel part of that lounging as well. When they dance to classic 80s songs (an exceptionally emotive scene with The Psychedelic Furs’ Love My Way), we are also part of that moment. And as we shadow the beginning and end of Elio and Oliver’s fleeting romance, we feel as if we’ve been let into a romantic yet tragically fleeting private world.

Chalamet, at just 20 years old, delivers an entrancing and hypnotic performance. Throughout the film he carries his character and the weight of this story with great integrity. His flings with girls, his charming, boyish and loving relationship with his parents, the internalised struggle and confusion he feels as he tries to repress his feelings for Hammer’s character all come to life with compelling ease.

The power of Call Me By Your Name is its resonance with the youth and summer longings in all of us. It’s exceptionally acted with brave and courageous performances from both lead roles, but it is also, and maybe most importantly, beautifully crafted and accessible to all of us. It effectively draws out our own memories of tender exchanges and sad goodbyes of loves and lives that could never last.

This film is rated (M).

The content is moderate in impact.

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