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Elle’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
The first half of this film is near perfection. I love how the French, Italian, American cultural exchange is so subtly evident through the costumes especially, the way the languages melt together, and how the European slow burn sensibilities intermingle with English pop songs.
But the core relationship never felt believable to me and seemed more damaging than romantic. I had so many crushes at Elio's age who were much older than I was, but never ones where I was pursued. The film is at its best when we see Elio experiencing infatuation and pondering his own sexuality. It is at his worst when he says to Oliver "please stop, you are hurting me" and Oliver continues to cause him physical pain despite consent being withdrawn.