Call Me by Your Name (1/1 Hats)

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Kelvin Says Hats Off:

Recently saw “Call Me by Your Name: Gays of Our Lives.” Conclusion: 9/10. Perhaps it’s a bit maudlin to suggest that this movie is about nothing but at the same time about everything. Set like a passing moment in time – a wistful summer memory – Director Luca Guadagnino narrows in on an unexpected but amorous relationship that sparks between Oliver (Armie Hammer) and Elio (Timothée Chalamet). Guadagnino takes care to let his characters organically and intimately explore their feelings for each other. Refreshingly, the sources of conflict in most gay movies, prejudice and enmity, are not held in focus. While the film takes place in the 1980s in a rural Italian landscape, it’s the fleetingness of time that is the adversary, not society’s perceptions and biases. Though an element of forbiddenness exists in the periphery, it’s not set up as an oppressive obstacle looking to be overcome. The performances by Hammer and Chalamet unfurl magically. Their chemistry together is founded and vulnerable. It’s a blend of warmth and sensitivity that they find in each other that increasingly radiates as the scenes and movie progress. It all builds to a tender and impassioned exchange between Chalamet’s Elio and his character’s father, played by Michael Stuhlbarg. While an aura inhabited by the fading sense that accompanies nostalgia brings the film to its close, the dreaminess of it all really couldn’t have concluded any other way. #TheOldHandAndTheSea #MarleyAndMe #PianoMan #ThePeachBoys #TheNameOfLife #IJustCameToSayElio #OliverKissed

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