Call Me by Your Name (2018)
Call Me by Your Name (2018)
Critic Consensus: Call Me by Your Name offers a melancholy, powerfully affecting portrait of first love, empathetically acted by Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer.
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This coming-of-age love story is all texture, tone and nuance...Luca Guadagnino has made a lovely cinematic feather. And it floats down beautifully, riding a soft breeze of melancholy and grace.
It's a story less about the characters involved than it is about the dynamics between them, a late addition to the Symposium's accounts of the great god Love.
"Call Me By Your Name" is a visually stunning coming-of-age story that boasts a star-making performance by Chalamet.
The bubbling strain between the leading men is the kind of intimate, authentic work that feels several steps above movie acting.
The film is beautifully shot and the performances are outstanding.
Audience Reviews for Call Me by Your Name
I am not sure why I enjoyed this film as much as I did. It doesn't communicate primarily through dialogue, the story is choppy, its heavy with the metaphors, and there are many scenes that seem to serve little to no purpose. However, the way the characters convey emotions and communicate without saying a word is amazing, the aura of escapism is wonderfully portrayed but not overdone like a fairytale, and it is beautifully shot and directed. This movie in a vacuum doesn't interest me, but it makes you feel a certain way and takes you to a place that is pretty enjoyable.
"Call Me By Your Name" is extraordinarily beautiful cinematically, technically and artistically. All performances are exceptional. With a poignant story of the disappointment and exhilaration springing from the uncertainty of any young love, the story and characters never debase their validity with invocations of fear (or worse, shame!) as is almost universally portrayed in films based upon same-sex relationships in the 1980s. "Call Me By Your Name" is elevated above the typical coming-of-age romance story because it transcends the tropes with grace and dignity without short-changing the emotional roller-coaster of first-discovered passion. I strongly recommend this film to anyone who has been traveled down Love's pot-holed and crooked path yet has emerged a mile down the road the better for it, despite the tolls levied.
Call Me By Your Name is a slower peak into the discovery of romantic feelings between 17-year-old Elio (Timothee Chalamet) and grad student Oliver (Armie Hammer). Set amid the sunny countryside of northern Italy, the film takes it sweet time establishing the lazy world of its characters and their closely intersecting orbits. I became anxious because the characters kept me at arm's length, leaving their burgeoning romance to feel distant and tame. I understand the hesitation of both parties and the age difference complicating matters. I understand caution. But it feels like the film is cautious to a fault, to the point that one of them laments later why they wasted so much time. The acting is pleasant if undistinguished. The best scene is a terrific monologue by Michael Stuhlbarg as the world's most lovably accepting father. For an earth-shattering romance, I too often felt unmoved and restless. If we're going to spend this much time hanging out with these people we should get to know them more intimately, and not just in the physical sense. I missed the compelling artistic charge of something like a Moonlight. I'm a bit stupefied at all the praise heaped upon Call Me By Your Name, a fine indie drama that, for me, too infrequently delves below its pretty surface into something more substantial. Nate's Grade: B-
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