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Call Me By Your Name Movie Review

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The CMBYN poster. Photo  credit: JoBlo.com

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Fans have raved for the Oscar nominated indie film “Call Me By Your Name.” The film was released January 19 to all theaters, and has received incredible reviews. Director Luca Guadagnino and lead actors Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer blew the audience away.

“Call Me By Your Name” has already won the Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor (Timothée Chalmet), the Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Feature Film and the Critics Choice Movie Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The movie is also Oscar nominated for actor in a leading role (Timothée Chalmet), Original Song “Mystery of Love” and adapted screenplay.

The movie takes place in 1983 in Lombardy, Italy where 17-year-old Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and his family spend their summers. Elio’s father is a professor, and has a different student spend the summer in Italy with their family every year. The student, Oliver (Armie Hammer), and Elio’s relationship blossoms into a heartfelt intimacy through the duration of Oliver’s stay.

Elio is introverted, and Oliver is charming. At first there isn’t a clear indication that they like each other, but as they spend time together roaming around Italy they develop crushes. At first Elio is a little uncomfortable with the thought of being intimate with a man, but Oliver guides him through their relationship. Throughout the movie, both Elio and Oliver are intimate with women, which makes their love story even more pure knowing they fell in love with the person, not their gender.

The scenery in the film is stunning. From the bodacious fields, to the rivers and beaches, the cinematographer perfectly captured the beauty of Lombardy.

The movie’s soundtrack excellently fits the scenes. The songs and classical music move the crowd. During the sad and joyful scenes, the music powerfully heightening the audience’s feelings. “Mystery of Love” by Sufjan Stevens was recently nominated for Best Original Song by the Oscars. Steven’s song is graceful and emotional, after the movie I immediately added the song to my spotify playlist and it is currently my favorite song.

It’s clear I passionately love this movie. The soundtrack, cinematography, acting, directing, etc. is beyond. This movie does the one thing love movies should do–it leaves you feeling, wanting someone to love like Elio and Oliver love each other. I highly recommend seeing it pronto.

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