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Sunday, January 28, 2018

The Random Review: Call Me By Your Name

With the Golden Globes embarking the award season couple of weeks back, The Academy too announced its list of nominations for the 90th Academy Awards popularly known as The Oscars last week. Like any other time, it was full of surprises and snubs and not getting into them lets head to the point straight the nominations particularly to the Best Picture.

And the nominees for the Best Picture are: 

Call Me by Your Name
Darkest Hour
Get Out
Lady Bird 
Phantom Thread 
The Post 
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

The full list of nominations can br found here: 90th Oscars Nominations

Last year Moonlight won the best picture in the most dramatic manner and left most of the La La Land fans heartbroken(Oh, it deserved to be there).So this time I thought of watching all the nominated movie before the Oscars are handed out in March, review them(as if anyone cares) and put my bet on the one that takes me down with it.

So let's begin our en route to the Oscars with the random review(sounds cool???) of the very first movie from the list  " Call Me By Your Name".

Movie: Call Me by Your Name 

Genre: Drama, Romance

Running Time:2h 12mins

Director: Luca Guadagninoke

Writers: James Ivory (screenplay by), André Aciman (based on the novel)

Stars: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg

Based on André Aciman's 2007 novel of the same name it is the third and final instalment in Guadagnino's thematic Desire trilogy, following I Am Love (2009) and A Bigger Splash (2015).Set somewhere in Northern Italy in 1983, the movie explores the romantic relationship between Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a 17-year-old living in Italy, and his father's American assistant, Oliver (Armie Hammer).

Elio Perlman, like any other 17- year-old , spends his days  playing classical music, reading, and flirting with his friend Marzia played by Esther Garrel(I am still drooling over her) until he meets Oliver, a young handsome grad student and how he goes from not liking him at first instance to physically and emotionally attracted and attached to him.As the story unfolds over the 6 weeks of Oliver's stay with the Perlman's  both Elio and Oliver come very close to each other.The movie ends with Oliver calling Elio informing him that he is getting married soon.Over the conversation, Elio asks Oliver of the time they were together? Did it mean anything to him? to which Oliver replies he remembers everything and will cherish them over his life.

Like Elio, the movie explores the life of every teenager beset by raging hormones, every adolescent not yet formed, who alternates between longing and terror, flight or fight or fuck, in whom male and female sides still struggle for domination or truce. The struggle is only slightly compounded by same-sex taboo, and the suspense, such as it is, is not whether but when.The movie beautifully touches the topic of homosexuality with some picturesque setting and great background score.

Poetically Artistic Call Me by Your Name is a  movie you don't want to end. The movie takes you places and you believe that you're in that place in time with all your feelings hooked to all senses and fall into pure love.


Sources: wikipedia,imdb,metacritic.com,filmcomment.com,oscars.com