Call Me by Your Name (2017)

Call Me by Your Name
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Writer: James Ivory
Based on: André Aciman’s novel
Cast: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel
Seen on: 12.3.2018
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Plot:
Teenager Elio (Timothée Chalamet) spends the summer in Italy with his parents as every year. And as every year, they are joined by a research assistant who can work with Elio’s father – a professor (Michael Stuhlbarg). Elio isn’t too thrilled about the intrusion that costs him his room. But this year the student who shows up is Oliver (Armie Hammer) and Oliver has something about him. Elio realizes that he is in love with Oliver, but Oliver’s detached and sometimes outright brazen manner leaves little doubt that he doesn’t reciprocate the feelings.

Call Me By Your Name is an incredibly tender and soft film with an atmosphere that stayed with me even after the film had ended. Despite some weaknesses, there is something magical about it.

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A Bigger Splash (2015)

A Bigger Splash
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Writer: Alain Page, David Kajganich
Based on: La Piscine
Cast: Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson
Seem on: 16.5.2016

Plot:
Rockstar Marianne Lane (Tilda Swinton) is on holidays, recovering from throat surgery that affected her vocal chords. She is spending her time in Italy together with her boyfriend, photographer Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts) in companionable calm and silence. Until her ex-husband and ex-producer Harry (Ralph Fiennes) shows up with his daughter Penelope (Dakota Johnson), a daughter he only just recently met himself. Harry and Penelope both bring their own special kind of trouble to the formerly so idyllic stay.

A Bigger Splash starts off strong. While the cast manages to keep up the strength throughout, the plot does not. But with that much chemistry between everybody involved, I can certainly live without much of a plot.

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Io sono l’amore [I Am Love] (2009)

Io sono l’amore is Luca Guadagnino‘s newest film, starring Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti and Edoardo Gabbriellini.

Plot:
Emma (Tilda Swinton) is the wife of upper class business man Tancredi (Pippo Delbono). A Russian emigrant herself, she’s not only literally but also figuratively exiles, though she seemingly has everything – money, three kids, a good life. But when she meets her son Edoardo’s (Flavio Parenti) friend Antonio (Edoardo Gabbriellini) they connect and soon Emma finds herself in an affair that shakes not only her existence.

Io sono l’amore has an excellent cast and some things were very nicely done, but I just didn’t like Guadagnino’s directing style (which is too symbolic for its own good), nor did I like the ending (which is just a little ridiculous).

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