Call Me By Your Name
In keeping up with the template of discovering or revisiting movies from the previous years, I decided to watch and review the film Call Me By Your Name on Netflix. There was a strong rumour doing the rounds that the upcoming hindi film Cobalt Blue which premieres on Netflix tomorrow is inspired from it. So a day before Cobalt Blue releases, I decided to watch Call Me By Your Name. The movie tackles the delicate subject of discovering your sexuality which is often misrepresented in many films. Is it worth your time, stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
Call Me By Your Name follows the story of a seventeen year old who on his path of discovering his sexuality is attracted to an older man hired as his father’s assistant. The story is delicate, poignant and almost like a slice of life. The screenplay here is also handled with utmost care and doesn’t make a big deal about it. The writing is such that it unfolds at a leisurely pace throughout in a very nuanced manner. So the proceedings flow naturally where nothing seems forced. Yes, a section of the audience might find it a bit drab and even the most major plot points are extremely mellowed down. The relationship between the two protagonists is handled delicately and with authenticity. Also, the situations that are created are quite poignant and heartfelt. The undercurrent of melancholy flows throughout culminating into an end which is really heartbreaking and painful but in a quiet manner. The entire screenplay seems quite organic with the way it is handled and a far cry from the misrepresentation of the LBGTQ community. Overall, a stunningly well written screenplay.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are the ones which we use in our daily lives and they are quite engaging throughout. The film is set in Italy in the 1980s and the music gives a perfect feel of the same. The BGM also showcases the different shades of the relationship of the two protagonists. The film is also shot beautifully that gives an authentic feel to the drama. Director Luca Guadagnino has done a swell job in handling a delicate subject with utmost care and honesty. The way he is able to bring out that organic nature of the relationship to the forefront is so beautiful to watch.
The performances are quite natural here. Esther Garrel as Marzia looks pretty and does a fine job here. Michael Stuhlbarg as Mr. Perlman is heartfelt particularly towards the end. Armie Hammer as Oliver is such a natural onscreen, it was a pleasure watching him in his role. And Timothee Chalamet as Elio is wonderfully restrained. The maturity that he brings to this role is just so brilliant to witness in what turns out to be a towering act.
Call Me By Your Name is a delicate and authentic portrayal of a coming of age story. Available on Netflix and Highly Recommended.