🤟🏻jess🤟🏻’s review published on Letterboxd:
one of the many things i adore about this film is that although it may merely seem to be a fictional anecdote of a young man coming of age and learning about much of himself in the process, including his sexuality, what he experiences is in many ways very much real and universal. simply for the reason that love and the process of falling in love, specifically first love, is real and universal. at such a young age, Elio already seems to be so sophisticated and culturally well-rounded, and yet, there is so much of him that is still innocent and undeveloped, especially that which pertains to matters of the heart—the things that matter—which he himself boldly confesses to Oliver. the unconditional love and system of support afforded to Elio by his parents as he navigates this new terrain of first love and the excruciating pain he is left with when he reaches the end, however, is unfortunately not always real and universal. yet, it is refreshing to see it in parents who also embrace a love of tradition and the past.
i must say that reading the book before watching the film was the best decision i ever made. the insight into Elio's personal experience of his interactions with other characters and his surroundings elevates the film-watching experience that much more. and i just have to mention that i was not at all prepared for the outcome of that telephone scene at the end! Elio and Oliver didn't end up together but Luca gave us this and i am grateful. i was so in shock that i literally had to pause it right after Oliver said those last three words over the phone, almost fell off my bed as i ran to fetch the book, frantically turned to that page and screamed in blissful disbelief. idk how many times i replayed that scene. everything about experiencing this film is beautiful and i will never tire of watching it.