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Call Me by Your Name (2017)

Based on the novel of the same name by André Aciman, the film tells the story of Elio, a 17-year-old boy living with his family in northern Italy during the 1980s, who falls in love with Oliver, a 24-year-old graduate student who has come to stay with them for the summer.

This is a breathtaking exploration of first love, desire, and heartbreak, and is elevated by its stunning visuals, nuanced performances, and poignant script. The direction is masterful, capturing the lush beauty of the Italian countryside and imbuing the film with a dreamy, almost surreal quality that perfectly complements the emotional intensity of the story.

One of the greatest strengths on display is its exploration of desire and intimacy. The relationship between Elio and Oliver is portrayed with great sensitivity and honesty, never shying away from the complexities and contradictions of their feelings for one another. The film explores the power dynamics of the relationship, as well as the societal pressures and expectations that make it difficult for the characters to express their love openly.

The film’s script is lyrical and poetic, capturing the nuances of the characters’ emotions and the beauty of the Italian setting. The dialogue is both naturalistic and poetic, evoking the heady rush of first love and the pain of heartbreak.

Stunning, emotionally resonant, and boasting an honesty that captures the beauty and complexity of first love, this is modern classic. 


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