Call Me by Your Name

Call Me by Your Name ★★★★½

What a way to start the new year. Call Me by Your Name is one of my new favorite films of 2017.

I was completely enraptured by the world that Guadagnino created. The performances, the cinematography, the music: everything was pitch-perfect in creating the timeless feeling of a summer in 1983. Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet are obviously major contributors to why this film works as well as it does; their chemistry is unbelievably great. Not to be overlooked, though (as he often is), is Michael Stuhlbarg who gives an increasingly strong performance as the film progresses and one that I would love to see recognized come February.

Nearly every shot in this film impressed me, and I actually couldn't believe some of what I was seeing. The cinematography so marvelously enhanced the emotional weight and authenticity of the narrative. The music, too, was truly remarkable. Both the pieces within the film and the originals composed for it were so brilliantly placed.

As the credits rolled, I felt no desire to return to the real world, as did others (only two people in my packed audience left during the credits). This is just such a fantastic film, and I can't wait to see it again. 92/100

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