Arguably one of the best films of 2017, Call Me By Your Name is a beautiful, lyrical tale of love set in the early 80s in the idyllic Italian countryside.
Directed by Luca Guadagnino, and starring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name tells the story of Elio, a 17 year old living in his parents countryside home when his father’s new American intern, Oliver, comes to stay for the summer. As the plot unfolds, Elio’s feelings towards Oliver grow and he finds himself unable to resist temptation.
There is a lot to like about this film. Guadagnino’s direction is sharp and he tells the tale of the courtship between the two men with honesty, respect and raw realism, showing Elio’s emotional struggle.
The cinematography in CMBYN is luscious and colourful, with the production highlighting the beauty of the Italian landscape to further enhance the emotion of the film. Director of Photography, Sayombhu Mukdeeprom shot the picture on 35 mm film, instead of digital, and this creates a much softer feel, which it deserves and works strongly in telling the tale.
Another element of the film which stays with you after watching is the music. Elio spends a lot of his time transcribing, listening and playing, and it plays an important part in the overall film, almost taking on a character in and of itself. The soundtrack of the film has been carefully curated and performed, and the theme song to the feature is a beautifully haunting piece of music.
The performances of the two lead actors are also outstanding, and young Timothée rightly deserved his Oscar nomination.
A fine piece of cinema, to be enjoyed on a quiet evening, with a glass of wine or two, as the story and the sumptuous visuals wash over you.