Call Me By Your Name
I saw Call me by your name at work with my colleague sitting right next to me, kids whatever you do, don’t watch this film at your workplace.
It’s injurious to your health.
Also, I know I do a lot of random stuff at work besides work– perks of being a designer! xD
I have been meaning to write a review of this film for long but somehow always missed it. One of the main reasons- life, of course, but also procrastination and the amount of hate I will get when I say that I didn’t really like the film and it also kind of made me dislike peaches/ apricots.
Anyway, the start of the film it did kind of remind me of Boyhood because of the way the film has been edited and the French film- Blue is the warmest colour because of its storyline, however, Blue is the warmest colour is a lot different from Call me by your name.
Also, if you enjoyed this film– I highly recommend Blue is the warmest colour for you, I found the story and the love story to be deeper there.
Watch the trailer for Blue is the warmest colour here:
Agree to disagree?
What is Call Me By Your Name about?
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, the new film by Luca Guadagnino is a sensual and transcendent tale of first love, based on the acclaimed novel by André Aciman. It’s the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a precocious 17-year-old young man, spends his days in his family’s 17th-century villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading, and flirting with his friend Marzia (Esther Garrel). Elio enjoys a close relationship with his father (Michael Stuhlbarg), an eminent professor specializing in Greco-Roman culture, and his mother Annella (Amira Casar), a translator, who favour him with the fruits of high culture in a setting that overflows with natural delights. While Elio’s sophistication and intellectual gifts suggest he is already a fully-fledged adult, there is much that yet remains innocent and unformed about him, particularly about matters of the heart. One day, Oliver (Armie Hammer), a 24-year-old American college graduate student working on his doctorate, arrives at the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendour 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.
My review of Call Me By Your Name…
I really wanted to like this film. That being said- you know where the review is headed. It’s not like I disliked the film altogether, it had it’s moments and things which make the film brilliant but in the way the characters, the story and the plot– it didn’t really align/ connect with me.
What I liked about Call Me By Your Name?
- I love films with bits of European languages and lovely European settings, especially Italy. I love Italy if Italy was a person I would have married it already. Hence, the setting of this film was a big plus point for me.
- The performances by the actors are so well done. Especially Timothée Chalamet, he is remarkable in the way he inhabits his role. The depth of Chalamet’s performance was what made me want to watch the film. I wanted to see what happens to him. To understand his character more.
- The end log- the talk between Elio and dad is what made sense to me, it is what made the film for me.
- The scene which I found the most moving is when the girl Marzia, in a beautiful red dress, arrives on her bike in the hope to meet Elio again and is so much disappointed with his dismissal of her. After four days not having contacted her, after two lovemaking, he rejects her point blank. He has not even taken the initiative to let her know that he is not interested in her anymore. The look of grief on her beautiful face is heart rendering.– This is when I felt in the film for the first time, I wanted to reach for the girl and help her, console her. I also loved the part when in the end she comes, hugs him and lets him know she understands. That’s beautiful, that’s love.
- The credit scene is beautiful and will, of course, give some feels if not many!
What I think could have been better in Call Me By Your Name?
- I wish the length was cut down short, I was bored in middle. The pacing was slow, so slow. I know the director wanted it’s audience to consume all the emotions but somehow giving a lot of breathing spaces just took away a lot of patience off of me.
- My second main problem was the relationship between Elio and Oliver, I couldn’t feel the chemistry between them at all. Like in Blue is the warmest colour I saw Adele and her confusion, I could feel her feeling things for Emma, but here not really even though the performances were great. It made you feel other things but not the romance, the romance bit was completely off. You can blame it on the way the characters were or their relationships with other characters in the film. I felt Elio and Oliver were obviously more comfortable with female characters.
- I applaud the filmmakers for addressing such a sensitive issue with such grace only wishing if they could have executed it more interestingly.
And that is all. How do you feel about this film?
Watch the trailer here:
Rating: 3/5 stars