Film, ki je nastal na osnovi istoimenske knjige, govori zgodbo o prvi ljubezni in predvsem hrepenenju, kar je v svoji knjigi André Aciman tako lepo zaobjel in nato režiser Luca Guadagnino prenesel na filmsko platno.
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Zgodba nas preseli v poletje 1983, idilično podeželje, kjer v stari vili na severu Italije sedemnajstletni Elio s svojimi starši preživlja poletne počitnice. Eliov oče, univerzitetni profesor, vsako poletje povabi študenta na poletno pripravništvo v Italijo in tokrat se je vabilu odzval Američan Oliver, doktorski študent, ki je s svojo karizmo očaral celotno družbo. Elio sprva ohranja varno razdaljo, dokler vsa privlačnost in hrepenenje ne izplava na površje. In tako se ljubezenski ples med Oliverjem in Elio poglobi in nadgradi. Kemija med Timothée Chalamet in Armie Hammerjem je tako močna, da se je z lahkoto zaljubiti vanju in v celoten film, za čigar podobo je poskrbel tajski cinematograf Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, ki se je podpisal tudi pod filmoma Arabian nights in Uncle boonmee who can recall his past lives. Barve, scena in jezikovno preskakovanje iz italijanščine v francoščino ter angleščino, poletna lahkotnost in ležernost ob melodiji italijanskih hitov oživi obdobje 80-tih; pod direktivo Sufjana Stevensa, pa sta nastali dve pesmi, ki sta filmu dali še dodatno poseben priokus: Mystery of Love in Vision of Gideon.
Film je bil nominiran za tri Oskarje, prejel pa ga je James Ivory v 89 letu starosti, in sicer za najboljši prirejeni scenarij. Veliki James Ivory, soustanovitelj velike filmske hiše Merchant-Ivory, je s svojim partnerjem Ismail Merchantom ustvarjal zgodovinske drame, A Room With A View, Howards End, The Remains Of The Day, itd., med drugim pa je iz njunega kultnega filma Maurice iz leta 1987, možno prepoznati prizore, ki se prav tako pojavijo tudi v filmu Call me by your name.
Kot zanimivost, se v filmu pojavi tudi pisatelj André Aciman, in sicer v vlogi Mounira, vlogo Marzie pa je odigrala izvrstna francoska igralka Esther Garrel, ki prihaja iz francoske filmske družine; njen dedek je igralec Maurice Garrel, njen oče je režiser Philippe Garrel, njena mama pa igralka ter režiserka Brigitte Sy. Vsekakor pa je med igralsko zasedbo potrebno izpostaviti Michaela Stuhlbarga v vlogi Elievega očeta in izjemen monolog, ki se direktno dotakne srca.
Romantičnost, prelepa in preprosta estetika ter prizor, ki popolnoma spremeni pogled na breskev, so le delčki tistega, kar tale film privabi na plano; film enostavno presega spol in obudi prvo doživljanje Ljubezni.
»When you least expect it, Nature has cunning ways of finding our weakest spot. Just remember: I am here. Right now you may not want to feel anything. Perhaps you never wished to feel anything. And perhaps it’s not to me that you’ll want to speak about these things. But feel something you obviously did.
You had a beautiful friendship. Maybe more than a friendship. And I envy you. In my place, most parents would hope the whole thing goes away, or pray that their sons land on their feet soon enough. But I am not such a parent. In your place, if there is pain, nurse it, and if there is a flame, don’t snuff it out, don’t be brutal with it.
Withdrawal can be a terrible thing when it keeps us awake at night, and watching others forget us sooner than we’d want to be forgotten is no better. We rip out so much of ourselves to be cured of things faster than we should that we go bankrupt by the age of 30 and have less to offer each time we start with someone new.
But to feel nothing so as not to feel anything—what a waste!«
Movie Call me by your name is based on the book, and tells the story of first love and, above all, longing, which is so well captured in a book by André Aciman and then transferred to the screen by director Luca Guadagnino.
The story moves us into the summer of 1983, an idyllic countryside where, in an old villa in northern Italy, seventeen-year-old Elio and his parents spend summer vacations. Elio’s father, a university professor, every summer invites students to Italy, and this time an American doctoral student, Oliver joins the summer internship. Oliver or as they called him ”a movie star” charms everybody but Elio maintains a safe distance until attraction and longing are brought to the surface and the love dance between Oliver and Elio begins.
The chemistry between Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer is so powerful that it is easy to fall in love with both of them. The beautiful cinematography was done by Thai cinematographer Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, whose work is also signed on movies Arabian nights and Uncle boonmee who can recall his past lives. The colors, the scene and the language jumping from Italian to French and English, combined with summer lightness and laid-back time with the tune of the ’80s gives the movie the special flavor, and also music under the direction of Sufjan Stevens, who created two songs for the film: Mystery of Love and Vision of Gideon.
The movie was nominated for three Oscars and received one by James Ivory at the age of 89 who won an Oscar for best screenplay. The great James Ivory, co-founder of the great Merchant-Ivory film company, with his partner Ismail Merchant, has produced historical dramas, A Room With A View, Howards End, The Remains Of The Day, etc. and also iconic movie Maurice from 1987, from which recognizable scenes also appear in Call Me by Your Name.
Interestingly, writer André Aciman also appears in the movie as Mounir, and Marzia played by Esther Garrel is a French actress and the youngest member of a family long associated with French cinema, as she is a granddaughter of actor Maurice Garrel, daughter of director Philippe Garrel and actress/director Brigitte Sy and sister of actor Louis Garrel. Among the excellent cast, it is necessary to highlight Michael Stuhlbarg in the role of Elio’s father and a remarkable monologue that directly touches the heart.
Romance, beautiful and simple aesthetics, and the scene with the peach are just a few elements of the movie that draws the viewer in; the film simply transcends gender and awakens the first experience of Love.
Film on-line: Call me by your name.