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“Call Me by Your Name” will hit you in all the feels

courtesy of IMDb

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Falin Hakeem, Staff Reporter

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If you have not seen Luca Guadagnino’s heart-wrenchingly beautiful love story that is “Call Me by Your Name,” prepare yourself for a lot of empty longing, hopeful reminiscing and many tears. Sounds like a fun time, right?

The film, which takes place in 1983 somewhere in Northern Italy, is a coming-of-age story about 17-year-old Elio (Timothee Chalamet) who finds himself falling in love with Oliver (Armie Hammer) a tall, dreamy, blue-eyed resident who’s studying to be a doctoral intern with Elio’s father in their 17th-century-villa.

The film starts out with Elio getting up from bed with his French girlfriend Marzia (Esther Garrel) looking out of his bedroom window to see who the new resident is that will be staying with his family for six weeks. As soon as Elio says “He seems very confident” to his Marzia, I knew there was some foreshadowing going on.

At first, Elio isn’t particularly a fan of Oliver, he thinks he is impolite and arrogant, even mentioning to his family during dinner how he hates it when he says “Later.” However, the more Elio spends time with Oliver, whether it’s taking a swim or roaming the streets of Italy on their bikes, the deeper their connection grows and complicated feelings arise.

The turning point of the film is when Elio discreetly informs Oliver of the way he feels, prompting Oliver to ask “Are you saying what I think you’re saying?” And the rest is history.

Aside from the breathtakingly scenic shots of Italian citrus trees and the awesome ’80s soundtrack, (I’ve been listening to it on Spotify all day) Chalamet’s performance of Elio was one of my favorite parts of the film. His graceful and tender portrayal makes you feel like you actually know him, and it’s because we’ve all gone through or are even going through a phase in our lives where we’re finding who we are and discovering things about ourselves we never even knew existed.

Hammer and Chalamet’s chemistry on screen almost felt Shakespearean, as it had the heart, lust and disparity of Romeo and Juliet. Not to mention, that unforgettable peach scene you may have heard about was also something Shakespeare probably would have thought up. Elio and Oliver’s dynamic is so interesting to watch because they’re complete opposites in the way they carry themselves and the way they look, Elio being a boy and Oliver a man.

“Call Me by Your Name” is one of those films where you think about it the day after you’ve watched it and replay the scenes over again in your mind, especially the final scene of the film. Pro tip: bring extra tissues.

Rating: 5/5 Stars  

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