Movie Review: Call Me by Your Name


Call Me by Your Name is a work of art.  Once you have seen it, there is no question as to why it has been nominated for multiple Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Set in the summer of 1983, the love story takes place in a 17th-century villa in Northern Italy. The gorgeous house creates the perfect atmosphere for the movie genre. With beautiful lighting, landscaping, and filming, the director Luca Guadagnino engulfs the audience into this story of forbidden desire.

This film is full of a fantastic cast. Armie Hammer plays Oliver, the student visiting the Perlman residence for the summer to study abroad with the father of the family and renowned historian, Mr. Perlman, played by Michael Stuhlbarg. The up and coming young actor, Timothee Chalamet, stars as Elio Perlman, the son of the family and the appointed tour guide of Oliver. Hammer and Chalamet both lead inspiring roles throughout the whole film and Michael Stuhlbarg ends the movie with a moving monologue that proves his capability as an actor.

Although set in 1983, this movie remains very fitting for the times – which I imagine was a critical goal of the director’s. As it is a movie about one of the many forms of love that are becoming increasingly acceptable in this era, it is safe to say that it does the LGBTQ community justice in its portrayal of the romance. With every aspect, from the set to the plot to the characters to the videography, the creators of this film make it impossible not to fall in love with the love between the two young men.

Therefore by taking on this controversial subject and doing it with grace, Call Me by Your Name could quite possibly win Best Picture. It is a movie of its time – and even ignoring the plot – it is a masterpiece of a film that could entertain either the masses or a distinguished movie buff.