I’ll admit I’m on a bit of a kick lately. After a few years neglecting the Oscar-nominated movie circuit, this girl is back in the game. Starting with ‘Dunkirk’, followed by ‘3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’, ‘Get Out’, ‘The Shape of Water’, and finally ‘Call Me by Your Name’…I’ve been quite busy.
But ‘Call Me by Your Name’. I almost can’t put into words the reaction that hit me following this movie.
I knew I wanted to visit the theater from the moment I watched the trailer last year. Waiting felt like forever as it was only initially released in NY and LA (yawn). A fav social media celeb I follow, Busy Philipps, shared her reactions post-film which probably sold me even more. Quite simply, she self-diagnosed herself with the Call-Me-by-Your-Name-flu. Seemingly bizarre to hear that description given post-film viewing, I wasn’t quite sure what that meant.
Well, I get it now.
I’m not the same after seeing ‘Call Me by Your Name’.
I walked into the movie by myself. Admittedly, I was fine with it. It’s been years since I’ve stepped foot in a theater solo. It used to be something I enjoyed and it was nice to be back. Plus, if I’m being honest, I wasn’t too keen on trying to hold back any tears in front of a friend. A wuss, I know.
Initially, the film sucked me in with its beauty and simplicity. Italian words rolling off the tongue, native as can be. You wouldn’t know where this family came from – whether it was the states or originally in this beautiful countryside. Eloquent movements intertwined the glowing sunshine from summer days in its majestic backdrop, dripped across the screen through every scene.
“I suddenly realized that we were on borrowed time, that time is always borrowed, and that the lending agency exacts its premium precisely when we are least prepared to pay and need to borrow more…”
― André Aciman, ‘
I won’t spoil it for you, as you should experience it for yourself. This movie wasn’t sad. It also wasn’t happy. And it wasn’t even a romance in its generic form. I can’t put it into one specific label. It was beautiful. It was real. And it made me feel.
It was life.