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Call Me By Your Name

Lucie Dumont, Reporter

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The constant sound of crickets chirping, running water, and light breezes set the mood for a summer love story in Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name”. Starring Timothée Chalamet as angsty 17-year old Elio Perlman and Armie Hammer as Oliver, his house guest for the summer, Call Me By Your Name is an intimate, melancholy story on first love and heartbreak.
Set in the summer of ‘83 in a beautiful villa in Lombardia, Elio, the french-american son of an archaeologist has to once again give up his bedroom for the intern the Perlmans welcome into their home every year. This year it’s Oliver, a handsome, well-liked yet rude man in his twenties. As the summer progresses, the initial contempt Elio has for Oliver turns to love and we watch as they open up to themselves and each other at a time where homosexuality was a taboo.
The film starts out as a summer-in-Italy type, while the romance subtly creeps in and before you know it is filled with confessions of love and sexual tension. The beautiful setting acts as a support to the story, from the summer nights to trees filled with orange peaches. At the beginning I didn’t particularly care for the characters, especially Oliver, they were rude and pretentious, but by the end of the movie I found myself caring deeply for them and wanting to see more. The slow pace of the movie gives you time to adjust to the characters and see them in their natural habitat, which helps you understand them a bit more. Along with the film itself, the acting is also of high quality. Michael Stuhlbarg’s performance was particularly good, with his final speech at the end generating tears.
Overall, Call Me By Your Name makes for a beautiful, heartfelt, journey with excellent acting- but don’t watch it with your parents!

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