This post is not just a usual post or a review but rather a post to commemorate the last day of Pride Month. Of course just because this is the last day of Pride Month, doesn’t mean that the movement for equal rights stop with this day. It continues on, always and forever. As I start writing this post, I hope that there comes a day, when everyone are treated equally despite who they are. I came to the realization, quite late , but it’s always better late than never right? So here goes-
Title : Call me by your name
Country of origin : Italy, France, Brazil, United States
Language : English, Italian, French
Directed by : Luca Guadagnino
Screenplay by : James Ivory
Based on : Call me by your name by André Aciman
Starring: Armie Hammer, Timotheé Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel , Victoire Du Bois
Cinematography : Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
Released : 24 November, 2017 (United States)
Duration : 132 minutes
Genre : Coming-of-age, Romance
The story is set in the summer of 1983. Elio, a 17 year old boy lives with his parents in rural northern Italy. Elio is an introvert, and spends most of his time, reading, playing the piano and exploring the surrounding area either alone or with his friends or girlfriend. It is at this point, that his father,an archaeology professor invites, Oliver, a 24- year old graduate student over to stay at their house, to assist in some academic paperwork.
Elio is initially asked to share his room with Oliver, much to his annoyance. He mostly avoids Oliver and continues with his activities, while Oliver assists his father. Eventually Oliver, conveys that he likes one of the girls in the area, much to Elio’s annoyance, which surprises him.
The two then share some instances where confused feelings are shared, rejected, confused upon, accepted, eventually leading to them falling in love with each other and resulting in a deep relationship.
As time passes however, the time for Oliver to leave approaches, and the two must now deal with reality as it crashes into their relationship.
The movie traverses through the entire journey capturing the magical moments between Oliver and Elio, who at a point of their relationship, “call each other by their name”.
Where should I really start with this movie? It’s really hard to choose actually.
The story is based upon a third Novel in a trilogy. Now I haven’t read the book (although I intend to). But as far as the story goes, it’s not a very heavy plot. Looking at it as a whole would make it seem, simple in a way, but isn’t that how all strong and intense relationships start to be? Do we really need a complicated storyline or situations for two people to fall in love? I don’t think we do. The entire story moved at it’s own pace, in no hurry to finish the story at all. At times it ebbed and flowed, and at other times, it may seem slow, but with the story being portrayed majorly with focus on Elio, an introvert and bibliophile, I actually felt the pace of the movie was perfect.
If there is one thing, I absolutely loved in this movie, and something that always pops up in my mind, when I think of this movie , it’s the entire setting. Be it their home, the surroundings of northern Italy, the beach where they find the artefacts or just the places that Elio and Oliver spend time together is just breathtakingly beautiful, comforting on the eyes and the heart. The surroundings fuelled the mood their relationship created as much as the characters portrayed it. One of my favorite scenes is the setting where Elio and Oliver take a vacation towards the end of the movie. It’s truly something I won’t forget .
Another aspect that attached me to the movie as much, is the music. Specifically two tracks – Mystery of Love and Visions of Gideon , both by Sufjan Stevens. If there’s something that fuelled the story more than the setting, it’s the music. I’m sure you will understand what I am talking about, when you listen to the tracks. The entire soundtrack is just so beautiful actually.
I haven’t broached a lot on the acting, and truth be told I didn’t concentrate it on as much as I should have as each scene panned out into so many things for a person to see. But I definitely didn’t see any fault in the acting by the actors who played Elio and Oliver. They truly paid justice to the film and made Oliver and Elio stay in our hearts .
One scene that really stood out to me here is, the final scene between Elio and his father. Heartbreaking as it is, it’s a reality that many face. And it makes you think, why should love and happiness be made so complicated, why can’t we understand each other, by truly taking in the fact that we are all different and unique. Many a time, when I’ve proposed this to a lot of people I know I’ve gotten so many responses including being scoffed on. But nevertheless, I still firmly hope and believe that a day will come when divisions and lack of freedom proves as a hindrance to love and acceptance.
Here’s to hoping for better days.
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