Brandon’s review published on Letterboxd:
If I could live in any film, it would be Luca Guadagnino’s CALL ME BY YOUR NAME. I want to live in this beautifully dream-like trance, set somewhere in Italy, where I’m free to express and feel my feelings authentically, I want to be able to live and love fully without any repercussions of my own constraints, I want to be able to live in the beauty of that history and explore my own creativity at my own pace. I want to live out of Elio’s closet, and just freely wake and be to be myself at my leisure. I want to be able to feel emotions the way Elio is able to feel, I want to be understood the way Elio’s parents understand him. I want to soak up the unrequited love that is given to Elio.
This means the world to me. It is able to express feelings I’ve had about past relationships in ways I would never be able to do. The film is loving and caring, and I lose myself in Elio’s world and Elio’s life, and I feel the emotions Elio feels, and I hurt when I feel him hurting — I cannot watch the ending of this without crying — and I feel his warmth when he is his happiest.
I’ve been going through a lot of things lately, and I really needed this film to remind me that their is happiness and warmth out there. And that not everything is bad, and that things, even things you aren’t keen for, can be good for you.