It isn’t every day an independent film from Northern Italy becomes a global sensation. Let’s look at what made ‘Call Me By Your Name’ stand out.

Luca's film 'Call Me by Your Name' has become an international sensation. An instant hit. An Oscar winner.
Luca’s film ‘Call Me by Your Name’ has become an international sensation. An instant hit. An Oscar winner.
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From Northern Italy to the red carpet’s of California.

‘Call Me by Your Name’ is a unique story that has touched the hearts of viewers everywhere. From the casting to the story itself, fans rejoice with the authentic nature Luca has brought to this film. The story was the strongest point. It won ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’ at the 2018 Oscars.

It might be a fan favorite, but don’t run out and buy this film for your grandmother. The slow nature of the film, combined with a few graphic scenes, might turn a few people away.

“When you least expect it, nature has cunning ways of finding our weakest spot.” – Call Me by Your Name (2017)

Luca's film's gorgeous locations and soundtrack helped the story stand out.
Luca’s film’s gorgeous locations and soundtrack helped the story stand out.
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Luca’s Eye for Detail Left a Lasting Impression

There are so many minor details that worked together to make this story stand out. The soundtrack. The locations. The authenticity. Let’s not forget the casting. This film arguably jump-started Timothée Chalamet’s acting career.

The character Elio allowed Chalamet to be bold. His relationship with Oliver, played by Armie Hammer, brought chemistry to the story. They aren’t lovers outside of Luca’s film, but their real-life friendship brought the story to life. It’s also one of the few films to highlight an LGBTQ relationship.

Another important aspect that Luca incorporated into the film was the multi-cultural characters. They spoke parts of the film in Italian and other parts in English. It was the perfect bridge between the two cultures to forge a rare connection between Elio and Oliver.

Stories can’t please everyone. Luca’s film is no exception.

People may argue that the sexual nature of Luca’s film may be too graphic for some viewers. You know what I’m talking about. The peach scene. You’re not about to sit down and watch that scene with your family, are you? For anyone that said yes, please don’t.

The progression of Elio and Oliver’s romance in the film missed the mark. It’s a slow moving story, which is why I didn’t expect their romance to happen so suddenly. In a few minutes, they go from somewhat friends to full-on make-out sessions. It might just be my opinion, but I would have liked more lead-up to the romance in the film.

Stories that make you feel genuine emotion are the best types of stories. Luca has done this with his film.
Stories that make you feel genuine emotion are the best types of stories. Luca has done this with his film.
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Luca’s Film ‘Call Me by Your Name’ receives a 4/5.

Overall, this authentic film gave me an escape into a wonderful story. Luca did an excellent job filming this story. The characters, music and locations grabbed my attention. The story made me stay.

I took off a point for sexual nature and pace of the story. I felt that the relationship could have happened more naturally and I understand the graphic scenes might be too much for some viewers. It’s not a family film, but that’s not what it’s advertised as. It’s an independent film that brings you on a story between two men falling in love. That’s the story. If that’s what you’re looking for, this is the perfect film for you.