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Call Me By Your Name review

Marissa Levine, Entertainment Reporter

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For some, “Call Me By Your Name” is just another movie that won an Oscar. For others, “Call Me By
Your Name” is a cinematic masterpiece. Why, you may ask? Because it depicts life in such a pure form
that upon finishing the movie you immediately want to re-watch.

Under the direction of Luca Guadagnino, actors Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer play Elio
Perlman and Oliver, respectively. The two slowly develop a friendship that turns into something more.

“Call Me By Your Name” proves that bigger is not always better. The film had a small budget of $3.5
million, yet it won Best Adapted Screenplay at the Academy Awards and has a 96% approval rating on
Rotten Tomatoes. There is nothing missing from the film that could have been achieved by a $200
million budget, for instance. Instead, “Call Me By Your Name” creates a very intimate relationship
between the characters and the audience, successfully capturing the raw emotions of discovery that Elio
undergoes.

Knowing the behind the scenes information about the film only makes the movie more impressive.
“We decided to shoot in May, but the second we started shooting, it was rainfall, rainfall, rainfall. So the
30-day schedule became 32 days, and the lighting became all artificial. It was cherry-pickers all over the
place, but it’s a testament to Sayombhu’s work that people think it’s natural lighting. The light was
everywhere but not direct,” Guadagnino told variety.com

Despite all this, the film doesn’t look artificial by any means. The set is just as real and authentic
appearing as the actors’ performances. Viewers feel as though they are in Northern Italy in 1983. It is
hard not to fall in love with the setting just as much as the characters.

The craft and dedication that went into the production of “Call Me By Your Name” is extremely
prevalent. No one can deny the love that all cast and crew members have for the film, which can clearly
be seen in interviews with Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer.

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