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dylan’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
"nature has a cunning way of finding our weakest spot."
as someone who often finds themselves having crushes on straight men or falling for men who are confused, unsure of their feelings, ultimately to who their hearts broken because they decide that "this life isn't for them" or "this isnt the person that they are," this movie hit me like a giant yellow school bus. there's something profound about falling in love behind closed doors or dark corners in alleys. stolen glances when you're out in public that no one else seems to understand. holding hands in movie theaters because it's dark enough where no one will see you. there's something magical about being alone together, feeling like no one else in the world exists because you're alone in bed with that /one/ person. you always feel like you're going to be the one that changes this person. to make them come out of their shell and shout their feelings to the world, to finally be able to post something as stupid as an instagram picture to show the rest of the world what you're doing, instead of having to always have the memory in your head. but you should know from experience before that it never happens like that. they're going to end up being with a girl because that's how society is "supposed" to be for them. it's going to leave you feeling like you did something wrong, that there's something wrong with /you/ when all along, it was never you.
i see myself in elio. i've been in elio's shoes. this movie literally transported myself out of my body to give me a profoundly surreal experience that not everyone will be able to understand. i'm not sure if i'll ever be able to explain my dump of thoughts that i just wrote. this movie is going to be stuck with me for a long time and i'm so mad at myself it took me this long to watch it. but i'm glad i did.