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My review of Call Me by Your Name.
You need to listen to interviews with the director and James Ivory. Your assumptions about "cliche" and free-wheeling by the director, you are way off the mark.
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I enjoyed your review, but I think you were being too critical with it. To repeat what others have said, many of your issues with the film can be traced to the novel. The novel itself doesn't focus on events, but internal feelings and dialogues through Elio's POV. The novel also ends 15-20 years into their lives, and since the film couldn't end with that timeline, it couldn't impose a traditional three part structure. If you get a chance to read the novel, it might help you understand the film a little bit better.
your review is exactly what you said about the film. it could and should have been 15 minutes shorter. you repeat and repeated how its so great and its so great but its so great but its so great but and how good timothy is and but… finally you go on and on and on about how the scenes doesn't add anything. to reduce a rating of 10 to 8.5 because of "unnecessary" scenes and not horrible direction or screenplay etc. thats just stupid. you kept repeating how great the film is and then saying you struggled
This is absolutely the most beautiful coming of age movie between two young men I've watched since Brian (Gale Harold ) and Justin ( Randy Harrison) in queer as folk (showtime series)❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Remember, the character Oliver is a guest of Elio's father; he's 7 years older than Elio; and the year is 1983. The character is simply trying to be respectful. He's actually rather shy and his ease with others is largely protective behavior.
You should read the book…
i wonder if anyone noticed that in a lot of scenes in the movie where Elio is ..Luca is filming from behind Timothee´s head..kinda like an homage to the book…giving us Elio perspective of what is going on like in the book…
At the end the movie is about Elio. The book will provide you a better insight and understanding on things happening in the movie and something I loved from the Movie is how Armin portrait Oliver on screen. he gave me a lot more of Oliver and now I sympathize with him and understanding him a lot more. for me 10/10. PS: antagonist are time and society in 1980, in my opinion.
Even those lull moments might acquire intent and meaning at second viewing.
I would recommend a second viewing. Definitely noticed even more nuances of the acting, choice of music and camerawork.
Agree on framing and the way the camera gazes at their beauty. Really like your observation of Elio's intelligence resulting from literary education that somehow makes him aware of his emotions but can't help him control it, adding another layer to how he experience this whole thing.
I get where you are coming from about the Oliver, but the book is told from Elio's memory. Oliver is like this mysterious person that comes to Italy and Elio falls in love with, and put on a pedestal. He is described as almost being God-like in Elio's mind. Good on you for noticing they way chose to shoot Armie as this statuesque Greek-God. He is even called a "movie star" by Elio's mother. Armie actually made me love Oliver more with his performance, because of what he brought to Oliver. Elio initially thinks that Oliver is arrogant with his ("later"), but his father says "I think he's shy". Oliver is very controlled and is scared to let go and be free with Elio's advances, because of his life in the States. The phone call at the end has him saying to Elio, "you're so lucky, my father would've carted me off to a Correctional facility". P.s. Elio is bisexual, but his first love is Oliver.
I understand your frustration about the Character Oliver in the movie…but if you read the Book you will understand why…the book is about the memories Of Elio from that summer and that love ..Elio is telling us the story…we only have the perspective of Elio in the book..and Elio doesnt know what is going on in Oliver´s head…even in the book there´s almost no information about Oliver background…life …feelings…thoughts…etc…being a fan of the book since i read it a couple of years ago..i still cant believe how good Chalamet is as Elio…perfection…
Thanks for the soundtrack recommendation. Sounds great, and makes me eager to now see the film. Thanks also for being a rare reviewer who discusses the importance of framing! I’m looking forward to perhaps hearing on the topic during a weekend box office review.
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It is interesting how length wise opinions vary from reviewer to reviewer; many consider it to be a little bit long (or slow) others consider that it need some more (those who want more depth and development of Oliver’s character and for others it is just perfect. I consider the length as you at first (that it was a bit long); then the second time I saw the movie I could understand many things that were lost to me the first time and nothing seems to be out of place. But I guess this is what often happens when a good work of art is appreciated: it seldom gives it all the first time you enjoy it. Also perception of time varies from culture to culture, people from English speaking countries tend to be more pragmatic and less relaxed with time and they seem to need always a defined purpose for their actions while southern Europeans (for instance) tend to take life less in a hurry: you don’t need a reason to just wander around neither to take a nap or just do nothing, they are more contemplative than executive (“they just wait for the summer to end”). For a person who comes from such relaxed culture there is no urgency to erase those random moments because they communicate how life REALLY feels for them (and in contrast a movie that doesn’t show such “everydayness” could feel like something that may work at telling the point of a story but doesn’t connect with real life or it feels “foreign”). By the way your review was a little too long, but that is the English speaking me having an opinion, lol.
Definitely more interested in watching this over Moonlight.
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