“Call Me by Your Name” Touches Your Heart

Release Date:Nov/24/2017
Genre:Drama/Romance
Director:
Luca Guadagnino
Cast:
Timothée Chalamet、Armie Hammer


Viola's Rating:8.9







As Golden Globe Awards were presented on January 7, 2018, “Call Me by Your Name” carried all its addicts’ anticipation, but didn’t get any award out of its three nominations: Best Motion Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. However, there’s no time to feel sad as a result of getting nominated for the Academy Awards for four categories: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Song, which will be presented on March 4, 2018.

Based on André Aciman's 2007 novel of the same name, this critically acclaimed romantic drama sets its background in Northern Italy in 1983. Seventeen year-old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father's research assistant, with whom he bonds with surrounded by his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the attractive and interesting Italian landscape.


Although “Call Me by Your Name” was beautifully made and shot, because it changed certain elements in the book, some devotees who read the original novel aren’t happy about the plot, and doubt how Italian director Luca Guadagnino is going to make the sequel due to the reason that the direction of the storyline is already different now. Guadagnino said ideally he’s going to make “Call Me by Your Name” into a “Before Sunrise” kind of series, and with the Oscar nominated writer James Ivory, it’s not gonna be disappointing.

Being a coming-of-age sort of feature film, “Call Me by Your Name” clearly displays the ambiguity every first love encounters and the intimate interaction between Elio and Oliver. From doubting his own sex orientation to assure himself that who he truly is, Elio grows by struggling and tasting the feeling of jealousy.

Unlike another coming-of-age film related to homosexuality, “Moonlight”, which is more about the impact his family and the father figure give the main character, “Call Me by Your Name” is concerned with how a boy finds out about his sexuality. On account of the fact that “Moonlight” got Best Picture last year, many people predict that judges wouldn’t give the big awards to the same type of flick, but who knows, maybe they all love this latest movie.

Director Guadagnino used a bunch of changing focus techniques and soft-focus shots to express the flow of emotion and love, and the usage of loose frames in the motion picture creates an ambience of emptiness whenever scenes are changed.

“Call Me by Your Name” is a picture that touches your heart even if you don’t put yourself into the protagonist’s shoes, and its pureness and simplicity provide the audience a chance to live through the summer with Elio, to enjoy what he experiences, to experience what he feels, and to feel his sorrow of lost and pain. It’s no doubt one of the best pictures in 2017, and let’s wait for the result of the Oscars.

Picture Credit: IMDb

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