Milez Das (Rohit Shivdas)’s review published on Letterboxd:
Mr. Perlman: Nature has cunning ways of finding our weakest spot.
Is it better to speak or die? Is the question that remained in my mind, but the answer from Elio that sticks with you. The courage to find the words to speak out is one of the most difficult things in the world. There are lot of things that go through, from the fear of rejection or just saying the wrong words. But in Call Me by Your Name, the words are spoken in softness of the characters love, the feeling that we all feel once in a lifetime.
In the sun kissed Italian countryside Elio, a seventeen-year-old finds his love in the arms of Oliver, a graduate student who is invited by Elio's father to help with his academic paperwork. Over the period of 132 minutes we see the attraction and love finding its way. It takes its time but every minute passing by comes with questions that lie withing Elio's mind as he writes something in his small diary which we see in glimpse as the wind flips it through.
Adapted from the acclaimed novel by André Aciman with screenplay from James Ivory and Luca Guadagnino's direction. Call Me by Your Name becomes a surreal experience that leaves you wanting for that person, the love and the pain that suffers.
There is a honesty in the characters, a realism that makes every frame like a character itself. It is not just the characters and their journey that makes you reach within the movie but the score and the songs from Sufjan Stevens really takes the narrative in whole other world. I mean when the song Futile Devices plays in the background with the lyrics, It's been a long, long time
Since I've memorized your face
It's been four hours now
Since I've wandered through your place
And when I sleep on your couch
I feel very safe
And when you bring the blankets
I cover up my face
Love you . How are you supposed to stop the tears which start to flow from your eyes continuously?
The thing I loved most of this movie is how the little things between Elio and Oliver are shown. The soft touches, the look, the wanting to kiss, the longing and the wait to speak. It all just comes in those moments that we are captured in the love of Elio and Oliver. Call me by your name and I'll call you by mine.
Another brilliance of this movie is how it handles its supporting characters and their stories that reflect on Elio. Marzia and Elio's relationship becomes an essential part that centers in the touching moments of discovery and friendship.
The scene of Mr. Perlman talking to Elio is one of the perfect moments of this movie that leaves you in tears. Every word becomes a part of you and the journey you have taken or you might take. We rip out so much of ourselves to be cured of things faster than we should that we go bankrupt by the age of thirty and have less to offer each time we start with someone new. But to feel nothing so as not to feel anything - what a waste!
Armie Hammer as Oliver and Timothée Chalamet as Elio Perlman give one of the most touching and beautiful performances of 21st Century. I don't have words on how extraordinary these two are, the chemistry between them just reflects to the depth of their characters and the journey they take.
Michael Stuhlbarg as Mr. Perlman better win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. I mean his presence in the movie and the support for Elio really brings a richness to the frames and the narrative.
Esther Garrel as Marzia plays a lovely supporting role and her second best performance of this year itself.
Call Me by Your Name is one of the most beautiful movies ever made. The words reflected from the novel through James Ivory's screenplay through a part frames into something special that is captured by the brilliant Sayombhu Mukdeeprom whose cinematography is nothing short of extraordinary. Sufjan Stevens music and lyrics makes everything reach to an emotional level of the scene as it helps providing that extra richness to it. The performances are beautiful and one to remember for. Everything about Call Me by Your Name is extraordinary. My words are not making the justice this movie deserves, it is beyond any word I can write.
I could't move till the last frame went black I never wanted to leave this movie and the characters. The scene where Elio asks Oliver to leave his shirt for him when he leaves...
Oliver : I remember everything.