Cert: 15 Runtime: 132 mins Director: Luca Guadagino Cast: Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar and Esther Garrel
Nature has cunning ways of finding our weakest spot
Call Me By Your Name has been lauded by everyone in 2017, most people regard it as the best of the year. Anytime I have talked to people within the industry recently all I hear is have you seen it? My answer was NO. Call Me By Your Name is a film that interests me but I wanted to wait and watch it later on. So what is Luca Guadagino’s film all about you ask? It’s the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman (Timothee Chalamet) is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver (Armie Hammer), a handsome doctoral student who’s working as an intern for Elio’s father (Michael Stuhlbarg). Amid the sun-drenched splendour of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.
The biggest credit needs to be given to director Luca Guadagnino, who is able to capture the smallest of details. Technically, the film is a marvel and I struggle to think of one flaw. It’s beautiful, sensual, luscious in its execution, with absolutely marvellous pacing. In terms of pure directorial achievements, it’s definitely one of the best of the year. The first hour of this remarkable film winds up the sexual tension to an almost unendurable pitch, as misunderstandings give rise to missed opportunities and missteps. The course of true love never did run smooth.I wasn’t left feeling as devastated as many reviews had led me to believe I would. Call Me By Your Name will do well during award season. But I don’t see myself watching it again, I respect the film more than I admire it.
Timothee Chalamet is an absolute force of nature. Elio will make you want to love, and hurt, and piece yourself back together with absolutely no regrets whatsoever.It’s so rare that a performance truly shows the depth of longing, and despair, and passion a character conveys through written words without the internal monologue. Armie Hammer gives his finest performance he is endearing, human, handsome and caring. He cares for Elio, and his love for him is so tender and so touching. Michael Stuhlbarg’s monologue delivered nearing the end of the film is a complete masterpiece, and without a doubt that monologue with be taught and quoted for many years to come. A raw and beautiful scene. Chalamet is the key to this film, and I am glad I have witnessed fresh talent arriving in cinema.