Call me By Your Name is a 2017 Romance Coming of Age Drama film directed by Luca Guadagnino, written by James Ivory(The Remains of the Day) starring Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Cesar and Esther Garrel.
It is set in Northern Italy,1983 where 17 year old Elio starts a relationship with Oliver, the research assistant of his father. Elio is a voracious reader, sublime pianist and musician who is amidst a struggle to discover his identity or precisely, his sexuality, and finds contentment in the company of his friend Oliver, who is compassionate towards young Elio.
The sensitivity and emotional turbulence of this fragile story is highlighted and enhanced by the omnipresent stark image of nature which floats in the background as our characters come of age. Italy has been portrayed beautifully, small cafes, spacious squares, colourful buildings, homely and delicious food, beautiful people and the greenery along with the waterfalls but aside from the beautiful craft, the moments that shine are ones of extreme sadness or deep sensual attachment between the characters, the dialogues which flow mellifluously and sting your heart with disturbing thoughts or feeling of love.
The life of a teenager has been captured in all it’s agony and emotional desperation, too an extent sexual.
The beating vulnerable heart of the film is Elio performed by Timothee, the audience feels him choking with pain as his face turns pink and months and months of pain forms itself in his eyes and floats down his soft childish face.
Armie Hammer gives a brilliant performance as Oliver, a mature character who deeply loves Elio.
Michael Stuhlbarg pulls off his small but memorable part perfectly as Elio’s moralistic and honest father.
Esther Garrell plays her part beautifully as a character who is lost in her life.
Luca Guadagniano paints a compelling portrait of natural scenery alongside the tale of his characters.
James Ivory has nailed the dialogue and one is almost compelled to write some of the words been said, down to one’s diary.
Sayombhu Mukdeeprom( cinematographer) breathes magic into this tale of simple emotions by his exemplary cinematography of the scenic beauty of Italy.
Finally, I fail to recollect any love story has moved me to this extent after Brokeback Mountain.
The similarity between Brokeback Mountain And Call Me by Your Name is:-
- Both of them are spellbinding
- Masterful Direction
- Stupefying Performances
- Beautiful Cinematography
- Moral dilemma
- Love of the soul,not of the sex
When the lights came on,the audience left the cinema with a heartbroken look etched over their red faces and one could very clearly observe that many had given way to tears formed in their eyes.
This is an emotionally shattering motion picture which will stay with you for a long time.