2010 - 2017

Call Me By Your Name [2017] ★★★½

 Luca Guadagnino’s devastating and unforgettable “Call Me By Your Name” hits you like a shot in the heart. In detailing the relationship between  17-year-old Elio Perlman (a wonderful Timothée Chalamet) and an older man (Armie Hammer) during the summer of 1983, Guadagnino takes us on a roller coaster ride of emotions and heartbreak. Both actors wear their hearts on their sleeves, which makes the movie vulnerable, especially with the constant rise of homophobia in this corner of the earth. But with lines like “How you live your life is your business”, the movie is up against it, and rightfully so. Guadagnino and his gifted cinematographer transform Andre Aciman’s novel into visual poetry. Shooting in the north of Italy, the movie is simply beautiful to look at. Of course, none of this would matter if the actors didn’t deliver the goods. Chalamet finds the sentimental core of Elio, while Hammer’s Oliver lives in fear of coming out (he doesn’t even have to say it). “Call me by your name and I’ll call you by mine” he tells Elio during the film’s most intimate scene. Both actors are brilliant, wearing their characters like second skins. “Call me be your Name” is a uniquely rewarding film, pulling you in before it sneaks up and quietly breaks your heart.


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  1. I’m crying knowing that I’ll never get to experience this movie on the big screen (long shots around the Italian countryside, godamnit!) just like that heartbreaking look on Elio’s face at the train station, knowing it’s all over and he’ll never get back what he had 😦

      • No, it’s not mentioned in the movie but it’s mentioned in the book. Even though Chalamet is very tall, he looks tiny next to him. That man is a giant, lol, I think that will limit his roles and that’s too bad. I think he’d be incredible in comedy.

      • I’ve been a big Armie Hammer fan since “The Social Network” in which he played twin brothers. Check him out in “The Man from U.N.C.L.E” as well. It has a bit of comedy in it. He’s a good actor.

      • In the book they say that Elio is 17 and Oliver 24. I don’t think they mention it in the movie though.

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