“People who read are hiders. They hide who they are. People who hide don’t always like who they are.”
Isis just put out her review of Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman that you can read here. We saw the movie together, but decided if she reviewed the film it would just be a comparison to the book. So that’s why I’m here even though I usually don’t do film reviews.
So like the book the movie follows seventeen year old Eilo as he falls in love with his father’s summer intern, twenty-four year old Oliver. It takes place in Italy in 1983. The director is Luca Guadagnino, and James Ivory wrote the screenplay.
The age difference between the two was very jarring to me. Even as Elio showed time and time again how mature he was, it didn’t particularly help the situation that Elio looked around fifteen and Oliver looked like he was in his thirties. And as I’ve heard many predators comment that their victims are maturer than their age, I don’t even like pointing out that he was.
Elio spends the film trying to figure out his sexuality. He’s been flirting with Marzia, a longtime friend, yet is completely captivated by Oliver. In fact, everyone is captivated by Oliver. If Oliver was a girl I would call him a manic pixie dream girl. I spent a lot of the film thinking it was simply sexual attraction they were experiencing, but when they got together, I found myself thinking they were cute. They were relaxed, for once, and laughing, and I was surprised to find that they actually enjoyed each other’s company. The actors had great chemistry together so that only helped the film.
I also disliked how their love was portrayed as being one for the ages, something that would never die. With some of the conversations at the end of the film, especially with Elio’s dad, it felt like they wanted it to be more than it was. I’ve became aware of this review that talks about the review as an abusive relationship instead of an amazing romance.
Elio was weird, to put it simply. He talks in odd, mysterious ways so I was always wondering how anyone was understanding the conversation with him. He masturbates with a peach, sniffs Oliver’s used swim trunks, and tries to swallow people’s noses when he kisses them. And Timothée Chalamet played him perfectly. His acting was so good, honestly, I want to see him other movies. He is nominated for Best Actor for his performance, and it is truly deserved.
The way the movie was filmed was great. The music that was incorporated throughout really added so much more to every scene. The movie was truly a beautiful film. Weird but beautiful. And despite this review being mainly complaints, I would recommend it. I enjoyed it. I’m still thinking of how beautiful it was a couple days later.