Has Anyone Seen "Call Me by Your Name"?

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#11 Re: Has Anyone Seen "Call Me by Your Name"?

Postby Brooklyn Bridge » Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:30 pm

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#12 Re: Has Anyone Seen "Call Me by Your Name"?

Postby Trongpai » Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:30 pm

This evening my BF and I went to see 'Call Me By Your Name' at the House RCA theater in Bangkok. It has been running since 14 December, five showings per day. We arrived in time for the show at 1630 but it was sold out. We got seats for the 1930 showing and that was sold out by 1900. Generally indie non-action films don't get that that kind of attendance in Thailand.

The crowd was mostly Thai, a few farangs, a few Thai boy/farang couples and lots of Thai gay boys. There was a big board and post-it notes provided where you could leave comments. Most were in Thai. Most were very positive.

My BF said he liked it and I was surprised. It's not an action movie, there's no ghosts and no one gets run over by a bus. I am a little confused why it seems to be taking Bangkok by storm.

I liked it but from some of the glowing reviews I expected more. It was thought provoking and it's going to take me a few days to process all the emotion. It's a movie of substance.


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#13 Re: Has Anyone Seen "Call Me by Your Name"?

Postby fountainhall » Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:13 am

Like Trongpai I watched the movie yesterday at an afternoon showing at Bangkok’s RCA. I was surprised that it is still playing 5 shows a day more than two weeks after its opening. Cinema 1 was only about a third full, mostly Thais, many of them girls, and we had no difficulty getting tickets just before it started. A point to note. Mercifully, unlike most other cinemas the RCA does not run 25 minutes of ads and promos before the featured movie actually starts. So make sure you get there on time. As Trongpai points out, the RCA is not easy to reach. We took the MRT to Petchaburi station and a taxi from there.

I went with an open mind, aware that most critics have thrown praise at the movie, some even suggesting it is a cert for Oscar nominations for Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor for Timothée Chalamet who brilliantly plays 17-year old Elio, and aware that comments above suggest some posters did not enjoy it.

For the first ten minutes or so, I was inclined to side with our colleagues. Set in a villa in northern Italy during the especially long hot summer of 1983, little seems to be happening. Too hot to do little more than eat meals on the terrace, sunbathe and swim in a pool or a lake. Not even the arrival of tall, handsome Oliver as a slightly older research student to assist Elio’s professor father’s work in classical antiquity does much to spark more than the usual “Isn’t he handsome?” comments from some of the girls Elio keeps company with. Underneath the surface, though, Elio’s hormones slowly flip into overdrive. The touching, the looks, the too apparent disinterest on Elio’s part tell us something will happen. Elio’s growing infatuation is a long time in coming but when it does, it blossoms into outright passion.

In a way, this restraint with a simmering sensual undertone kept reminding me of the Merchant/Ivory classic “Remains of the Day”. Ironically its director James Ivory wrote the script for “Call Me By My Name” and was originally slated as the director. There are occasional glimpses of nudity but none of the front of male bodies. I read an interesting article that Ivory wanted some frontal nudity but the director felt it was not necessary for the telling of the story. I was certainly not aware of any censor cuts.

I loved the atmosphere captured by the director’s long static shots, only occasionally interwoven with faster hand-held camera shots. I was slightly surprised that Elio’s father seemed to be encouraging the affair, and again surprised at his much-praised monologue near the end encouraging his son to embrace such fleeting moments, despite the pain that inevitably follows. And then as winter has arrived the most exquisite shot of all. After a final phone call from Oliver, Elio stares into the roaring kitchen fire. The camera then remains fixed tightly on his face for at least two full minutes or more. That face reveals the raw emotion of the agony and torment Elio is experiencing with just a tinge of the joy his father had earlier referred to. If only for that one scene Chalamet must be a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination. He already has the Golden Globe nomination in the bag.

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