It’s only January, and I may have already found my favorite movie of the year.
The tasteful, and often poetic, indie movie, is directed by Italian-Algerian Luca Guadagino, who is known for his films A Bigger Splash, and, I Am Love.
Call Me By Your Name was originally a book, published in 2007 by André Aciman, and the movie has been in the works ever since. It was released in the United States on Nov. 24, 2017, and is already considered a gay, but perhaps more accurately bisexual, classic.
It follows the story of an ethereal relationship between precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), and graduate student Oliver (Armie Hammer), who is studying with Elio’s father, an archaeology professor, and is living at their home for a summer.
Oliver and Elio’s relationship has a rocky start, but they soon find themselves growing closer to each other. What follows is a beautiful story of self-acceptance and first loves, made even better by the perfectly picturesque backdrop of Crema, Italy.
Everything about the movie, even the soundtrack (which I may or may not be listening to right now) and the credits have the graceful and nostalgic feeling that all the best coming-of-age movies do.
Call Me By Your Name has been greeted with open arms by the film circle, being praised for the messages of acceptance that it sends to the LGBTQ+ community. It was nominated for multiple Golden Globes and has won several Critic’s Choice awards. There is also speculation that it is in the running for some Oscar nominations, including the Best Picture and Best Actor.
Call Me By Your Name is a stunning movie about the boundlessness of love. It is a must watch, so go see it while it is still in theaters, and don’t forget to bring tissues.