CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (2017) Review
Directed by Luca Guadagnino
It’s summer in Italy year 1983, Elio Perlman (Timothee Chalamet) and his family is expecting Oliver (Armie Hammer), an American guest who’s Mr. Perlman’s annual intern for the year tasked to help him. But as the day progresses and Elio and Oliver get to know more about each other, an awakening happens between the two which will change their lives forever.
Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name sets up its story with fine details through the eyes of young but daring Elio and everything feels and looks authentic because of Chalamet’s portrayal. We get to to follow his thoughts, even though there isn’t a voice over, his feelings. We get to live his coming-of-age story.
The film is like growing up, discovering yourself, discovering places, discovering people. And it doesn’t take just a snap for everything to unfold, it’s slow, planting pieces of how a friendship is built and how it turns to be something more.
It’s a lovely tale of two people knowing each other, grow feelings for each other and ends in a heartbreaking way. It feels like a visit to our first heartbreak, our first love – innocent and venturesome. Call Me By Your Name is a bittersweet escape to Italy, to our youth and to the love that’s pure and unforgettable.
4.5 OUT OF 5 STARS
“Call Me By Your Name” is now showing exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas from Columbia Pictures. Rated R-16 by the MTRCB.