Film: Talking about love

Written By: Rita Di Santo
Published: November 21, 2017 Last modified: November 22, 2017

Call Me By Your Name
Director: Luca Guadagnino

Acclaimed Italian director Luca Guadagnino is back to talk about love in Call Me By Your Name. Love cannot be bought or sold, cannot be controlled, it is an obsession, all-consuming; it is also affection, chemistry, playfulness; it is commitment, understanding, compromise, and the most creative energy that can move people’s lives in singular directions

Mid-summer at a luxurious aristocratic villa in Northern Italy and the teenager of a Jewish family, Elio is intrigued and impressed by the visit of Oliver, an American scholar friend of his father. Elegant, charming, irresistible, Oliver soon conquers the whole family and friends. Everybody is crazy about him. With a style, elegant and poetic, reminiscent of Luchino Visconti, Guadagnino follows the emotions floating along the script, capturing the gasps of the soul, revealing the invisible link that connect the two lovers, where we meet two people in the street and understand their relationship.

This is a very accomplished film and there are already some rumours that it could be pitched at a Best Picture Oscar Nominations. Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet, as the two lovers, give rich and intimate performances. Sayombhu Mukdeeprm’s images are a joy for the eyes (he lensed Cannes winner Uncle Boommeé), while author Andre Aciman’s love of classical music and literature make the trade complete as a full homage to love itself.

It also touches on the politics of Italy in the 1990s, during Bettino Craxi’s government and just before the coming of Silvio Berlusconi, one of the most corrupt and obscure moments in Italian politics.

Gorgeously filmed and beautifully designed, combining passion and desire, this is what I would call a “hex movie”: one that can change your life forever.