First the Tom of Finland movie, now this one. Boy oh boy has it been a good year for gay cinema!
Call Me By Your Name is really a beautiful film. It definitely has that “foreign film” feel to it, and not just because it’s set in Italy. It’s the pacing and the feel. Slow. Deliberate. Crescendoing. Emotional.
It really captures the loss of virginity/innocence and first love so well! Kind of the opposite of American Pie.
Also, there is the visual look to the film:
It has that washed-out, vintage look to it. Like an old Polaroid. Which makes the film take on a dreamlike, memory quality.
The performances are stellar, especially young Elio. He is all of us in our teen angst and sexual discovery.
Plus there’s this 80’s new wave soundtrack that threads the film and highlights the period. But also this classical, drowsy piano music which gives it a timeless feel.
Fair warning: if you do go see it, your heart will be challenged at the end. And fears might flow.
Regardless, I highly recommend seeing this movie.