Dir: Luca Guadagnino, Italy/USA, Sony Pictures Classics.
Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name (2017) is a film unable to formally follow through on the subjective desires of its protagonist. The film also has a simple premise, a teenage boy, Elio, falls for an older man, Oliver, who is visiting his parent’s villa in Northern Italy. Unlike in Good Time though, the language of the film never catches up to its protagonists shifting subjectivity instead staying regressively stuck in Elio’s initial fear and hesitation over his burgeoning attraction, even as he begins to make the decisive steps towards closing the torturous gap between himself and Oliver. In the moments where Elio’s feelings are most firmly expressed, the camera pointedly shies away and removes our access, never able to risk the same difficult step Elio does with his feelings for Oliver.