The Unexpected Romance in Italian Summer




Do you like romance? Do you like coming of age story? Well if you like two of those things you can check this movie titled Call Me by Your Name directed by Italian director Luca Guadagnino. It’s an unlikely story and if you think about it for a second you started to wonder how creepy the plot was. I mean the general storyline of this movie is about a  young boy falling in love with an adult sexy male in the form of Armie Hamer.

Not that I’m complaining, I mean the point of the plot is to explore the idea of unlikely relationship and the youthful spirit of love itself. I’m just saying that it’s a very weird and delicate plot. If you didn’t make it right, it could be cheesy and unremarkable. But thankfully, Luca Guadagnino did a great job and this movie feels pretty romantic and beautiful as well. On paper this story would not work since it touch a really delicate topic, but somehow it will able to touch you deep in your heart.

Watching this movie fells like eating a chocolate that taste like a coffee. It looks like a chocolate bar, but it’s more bitter and make you open your eyes because of the caffeine. That’s what I’m feeling while watching this. I think that’s one of the reason why this generates a lot of buzz and even won an Oscar for best Adapted Screenplay this year.

Call me by your name tells a story about Elio (Timothée Chalamet) a 17 year old boy who lived in Italy during summer. His dad who’s a professor invites Oliver (Armie Hammer) to help him for his research. In short, they finally fall in love with each other during the time Oliver spend summer in Italy. The story is kinda simple actually, and we watched as the two people fell in love with each other in rather weird but sweet way.

Call me by your name was full of romantic vibes and beautiful shots of Italian countryside. The cinematography can be sum only with two words. Beautiful and very captivating. It really made me wanted to go to Italy for real. It really captures the summer vibes and the beauty of Italian countryside. The setting also acts as metaphor of beautiful yet very bright life of a teenager as well as the romance between Elio and Oliver too. Hot and full of surprises.

The story moves a bit slow and in the beginning I didn’t expect that Elio would fall for Oliver. I mean I know in the end they would hook up somehow, but at the beginning, Elio was a bit awkward around Oliver. Slowly but sure, their romance start to take shape. It’s very weird at first, but somehow it feels quite sweet in the end.

The acting was superb! Timothée Chalamet really shines here. Armie Hammer was great too. Both actors really deserves an applause because their chemistry is remarkable and they totally make me believe their characters on screen. I’m sure Timothée has bright future in the business!

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The one thing bothering me is the tempo of the movie. For some audience, I’m sure it’s going to be a problem because this movie really focused on both characters and it really takes the time. Guadagnino really builds the athmosphere quite well and he didn’t rush things out. That’s one of the beauty of this movie.  That makes us feel the vibe of Italy as the romance between Elio Oliver builds up.Sometimes that makes me feels this movie loses the momentum.

In the end of the day it’s not a problem for me because it really is a beautiful movie with sweet romantic story that you’ve never expected before. It’s rather weird but I’m sure it’s going to impact you quite deeply. I never really thought that this movie would be a huge hit specially considering this is a rather controversial topic to bring up. But at the end of the day you will sympathize with Elio. After watching  this movie I’m sure the Italian summer vibes will resonate and lingers for quite sometimes in your heart!