The fantasy outlook of gay love of Call Me by Your Name
Luca Guadagnino’s directing of the film Call Me by Your Name showcase a raw and passionate relationship of what first love can be, accompanied by the naturalistic writing of James Ivory; the film is an adaptation of a novel by the same name, written by André Aciman.
In the film, Elio forms a relationship over the summer, in a small town in Italy, with Oliver, his father’s research assistant from the US, and we get to experience what its like to see, up close, first love blossom and developing sexuality in a young mans life.
For many young gay men, like in any case, love is something they desire, however, that could still be a struggle in our world, since homophobia is still causing much trouble and countries outright dehumanize gay people. In Call Me by Your Name, that doesn’t seems to exist.
The plot itself lacks of an external antagonist, no one has the intention to stop the love brewing from Elio and Oliver, no homophobia is ever showcase, it seems a dream like situation that every person wants, the freedom to love and feel openly,
Through the eyes of the main characters we perceive their struggles, the antagonism is internal, fearing of what they might be feeling and doing is wrong, so they go about their relationship in secret even though they live in a space, a small town in Italy, where you feel a warm welcomed.
It’s a constant debate on myself that the film lacks of a real motive of why these characters can’t be together openly; on one hand, they have complete freedom to do so, and the other, it’s the underline of the era that they live in, the 1980’s, where the Aids epidemic arises, the film chooses not mention this, but overall it’s an important factor for the gay community since it was affected by it the worst.
The real menace here is “the closet”, (spoilers) Oliver has a straight relationship back home that he doesn’t disclose until everything is over. He uses Italy to explore his own desires, and as the older of the two, he still finds himself discovering his own sexual nature.
Sufjans Stevens music and especially the song “Mystery of love” is profound, and quickly makes this film a classic.
Call Me by Your Name presents many highlights; multilingual conversations, a heavy heart dialogue by Elio’s father, an erotic peach scene and the overall experience that demands to be seen in the confines of a cinema.
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