Call Me by Your Name

Call Me by Your Name ★★★★½

Upon my umpteenth rewatch, perhaps my most favourite thing about this film, which is filled with superlatively wonderful moments and gestures and looks and things - this time my most favourite thing was Armie Hammer's breathing. Jesus. The intimacy of his breathing, of taking the time to drink a moment in, to find calm in a whirlwind of longing and fear and shame and arousal, to be so conscious of the moment - that is incredible. It adds so much depth to Oliver's character.

Also, I've seen some reviewers note their disappointment over the film not being more explicit, given that the novel is so brutally honest. I get that, but also when they sleep together and the shot pans over to the open window? It reminded me of Carol and its links to All that Heaven Allows and Angst Essen Seele Auf, where the outside world intrudes and separates and boxes in our lovers. Here, the world is open to them and it's theirs, and that is more meaningful to me than explicit sex.

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