Call Me By Your Name exceeds expectations

February 13, 2018

Intertwining graphic simplicity and a dormant love affair, filmmaker Luca Guadagnino’s adaptation of Call Me By Your Name highlights the struggle same-sex couples faced in the early 80s.


(L-R) Armie Hammer as "Oliver" and Timothee Chalamet as "Elio" star in

the film adaption of Andre Aciman's 2007 novel, "Call Me By Your Name."

The film is set in northern Italy and follows the blossoming relationship between Elio, played by Timothee Chalamet, and Oliver, played by Armie Hammer.  

My first impression of the film was adornment for its camera work. 


Since the film was primarily shot in an unnamed Italian countryside, the film is decorated with lush orchards and still rivers, making each shot more aesthetically pleasing than the last.

Paired with a soundtrack that features indie song writer Sufjan Stevens, the music creates a sense of nostalgia that accurately evokes each emotion felt by the couple.

What really makes this film intriguing is the growing passion between Elio and Oliver. 

Oliver, visiting on business with Elio’s father, seems in denial about his sexuality, while Elio struggles to understand his own.

While both men attempt to avoid their feelings for each other, they find it hard to stray. 

This passion is emphasized by each character’s performance which brought to life the chemistry felt by both performers on screen.

What makes this lengthy film unique is the fact that the story’s climax happens toward the latter part of the movie. 

This technique wraps up the symbolic love felt between the two and helps us understand the true theme of the film which highlights the internal conflict that follows a person unsure of their sexuality.

I didn’t find myself bored with the film but it is relatively lengthy. 

With a running time over two hours, the film’s lingering storyline was reflective of the time it took the pair to realize their true feelings for each other. 

I would recommend this film to anyone that enjoys a thoroughly written love story. 

The plot might have taken a while to build but for me, it reminded me of the reality of falling in love. 

It doesn’t happen overnight and for those that have the additional burden of facing backlash for who they choose to love, the result is rewarding and realistic.

From character development to cinematic excellence, Call Me By Your Name exceeded my preconceived expectations and taught me that the little details within a film can make the biggest impact.

I would generously give this film five out of five stars and advise audience members to have plenty of Kleenex on hand. 

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