Call Me by Your Name

Call Me by Your Name ★★★★★

One thing I've never written about, but really love, is the mirroring of some scenes around the night they first sleep together.

Before:

When they leave through the gate on their bikes, it's Oliver leading the way, seeming certain, with Elio trailing behind.

After:

The morning after, Elio leads the way out of the gate, face impassive, Oliver behind him, uncertain of where they stand and of how Elio feels.

Before:

Horsing around in the water together, shot in close-ups, tighter frames, Elio climbing over Oliver, etc.

After:

The long shot of them swimming in the lake after they sleep together, the huge distance between them, not even in the same frame.

Anyway, this is written very poorly, but I think it's a beautiful way to show how sleeping together flipped things (for a little while). Oliver becoming the uncertain one (well, we get hints that he always was, but now we see it) and how Elio is drawn to Oliver like a magnet before, but then pulls away after for those few scenes. It's so subtle, but really effective.

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