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Call Me By Your Name breathtaking and heartbreaking romance

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Call Me By Your Name
Starring: Timothee Chalamet, Armie Hammer
Director: Luca Guadagnino
132 Minutes    Rated R

Love is something that everyone wants. Some  from  friends and family, some want it from pets, some want love from a partner. In Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name, the audience gets to experience a love story between two young men in 1980’s Italy.

The story follows Elio (Timothee Chalamet), a 17 year old whose family invites an American to study and work as an intern under his father. Throughout the movie, Elio and the 24-year-old intern, Oliver (Armie Hammer), develop a romantic relationship over the duration of Oliver’s internship.

The movie is based off the novel of the same name by Andre Aciman published in 2007. This novel was adapted to the screen by writer James Ivory and Director Luca Guadagnino, both of which are gay, like the main characters.

The film has received audience and critical acclaim from most, receiving a 95 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a 93 on Metacritic, indicating “universal acclaim.” The movie was also nominated for four Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Original Song and won for Best Screenplay.

The film has also already been confirmed to have a sequel in the works by Guadagnino who stated that the follow-up with include all the principal characters reprising their roles, including Chalmet and Hammer as Elio and Oliver respectively. Although the two characters do meet five years later in the novel, the film will take its own interpretation from there.

Still of Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer in Call Me By Your Name. Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures

One of the greatest aspects of the film are the performances. The whole cast as whole, all do a stellar job with their interactions and characterizations, especially Chalamet and Hammer, who go above and beyond to make the viewer feel a wide array of emotions. The two actors create this atmosphere of love and peacefulness, that allows the viewer to become entranced by the astounding visuals.

The ending in particular, is a heartbreaker. 

The cinematography and direction are well executed, with Guadagnino taking the helm with a great conviction and flair, making the movie all much more enjoyable. Some of the greatest shots in the scene were in remote nature, especially when the two lovers spend some time by themselves hiking and swimming, are walking next to a waterfall.

The songs in the movie are as mesmerising and melancholic as the rest of the movie, underlying certain scenes with a smooth yet bounding guitar playing along with a quiet and beautiful voice. Even though most of the music sounds the same, it doesn’t really matter because it also sounds alluring and fits well with the tone of the film.

Still of Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer in Call Me By Your Name. Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures

The only negative of the movie is the pacing. At certain points the film really slow, but then the film just seems to jump days or weeks ahead of the events that were last depicted, making the film seem rushed. It also has points where scenes seem to be cut short or break the flow of the film, such as a certain flashbacks with a yellow filter over.   

The film as a whole, is one of the better movies to come out of 2017 and is one of the few romantic movies I actually found myself enjoying, even if it became a little awkward and confusing. The movie is a must watch for those who enjoy a good romance with a spice of drama, and a little awkward dancing.


Samuel Tilbury
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Hi, my name is Samuel Tilbury and I'm a Junior at Gull Lake High School. This will be my second year on the newspaper staff and I primarily like to write reviews or opinion articles. My favorite topics to talk about are movies, television, politics, and the environment.

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