In the summer of 1983, in the north of Italy, Elio Perlman, (Timothée Chalamet) a 17-year-old American spends his days in his family’s 17th century villa lazily transcribing music and flirting with his friend Marzia (Esther Garrel). One day Oliver (Armie Hammer), a 24-year-old graduate student working on his doctorate arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio’s father (Michael Stuhlbarg), an eminent professor specializing in Greco-Roman culture. Soon, Elio and Oliver discover a summer that will alter their lives forever. CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, directed by Luca Guadagnino and written by James Ivory, is based on the novel by André Aciman.
I don’t know where I got the idea that this movie was by Woody Allen, but based on my idea of what I thought this movie was about, I definitely had to see it.
Wow! My as-if life played out before me.
I did not have the advantage of understanding during my first relationship, as I was on vacation in Hawai’i, alone, and free to be me until the plane departed for home. My second relationship, I was used to make another boyfriend jealous. My third, lied to me leaving me behind to move to Hawai’i. The third broke my heart, I turned to drugs, learned to manipulate “love” from men with drugs, and today I am alone and hateful. So based on the moral of this movie, I wasted my life by turning off feelings.
Oh, but back to the movie. I would have liked to have now the time period of this movie. There was a hint to the eighties a la some of the music: Psychedelic Furs. If it was the eighties, this explained the clandestine expressions, otherwise, I was a bit confused, having previously believed homosexuality was more socially acceptable in european countries.
Academy Award® nominees Amy Adams; and Jake Gyllenhaal … from acclaimed writer/director Tom Ford (A Single Man) … unfulfilling marriage when she receives a package con … ex-husband, Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal). The novel is dedicated to her but its content is violent and devastating. Susan cannot help but reminisce over her past love story with the author. Increasing she interprets the book as a tale of revenge, a tale that forces her to re-evaluate the choices that she has made, and reawakens a love that she feared was lost. Also starring Armie Hammer and Michael Shannon. NOCTURNAL ANIMALS is a thriller of shocking intimacy and gripping tension.
I have been wanting to sees this every since I started seeing previews for this movie, only because Jake was in it. I am in love with this man. He is a god to me. He is perfection. He is the most handsome man I have ever encountered.
This movie was so powerful that it moved me to tears. I had to face my own mortality and discovered that I don’t want to die when it comes right down to it, even as I viewed someone die peacefully, albeit from a fatal injury.
I was actually surprised that despite being an artsy-fartsy movie, I was able to follow along pretty clearly…even with the interruptions I experience in dialogue due to poor DVD quality. And as an artsy-fartsy movie, I was able to appreciate beautiful scenes. I think I noticed some technical errors, which had they been fixed before the movie was distributed, would have improved the quality of the movie…at least for me.
Some things that stood out for me:
- Amy Adams’ hair. It was almost as if it had a mind of its own in some scenes, the only unknown factor being the decisive factor determining how much of her face was going to be covered.
- An early scene where Amy is entering her house. She is blinded by the reflection of her headlights and raises her hand to cover her eyes. DOH! If she is returning home, shouldn’t she be familiar with this annoying problem enough to know to shield her eyes BEFORE she is hit with the reflection?
Wow! Moving, beautiful, violent, and Jake!