TimesTalks screening and q&a
My thoughts on the night-
There is so much I want to say, now that I have seen the film but I really don’t know where to start. So much has been said and those of us who are ‘really’ following along with leaked scenes and every scrap of interview footage know there surely can’t be surprises left. There is! There really is.
I had no idea the laughs I would experience in this film. Just pure moments of joy and happiness. Armie is a delight (I really tried to view his performance outside the realm of lust I have for the man in order not to be biased 😉) The double takes and the quirk of a brow in a moment you weren’t expecting it was amazing.
The film is very quiet. So many things are conveyed without words. Which follows with how the book is written, but it was interesting to see that translated to film. Interestingly enough, it seems Elio has the least to say. So much of what happens is played out through Timmy’s expressions. It was unbelievable. I knew he was a good actor, but he transcends in this role. His star is so bright and there is no doubt he will be THE actor of his generation. No one can touch his talent.
It is seductive yet so innocent. Luca is an evil genius. The sexiest moment? The camera focuses on the peach when Elio is finished. A perfect innocent peach, it sits there on the table, violated, one creamy drop of come slowly rolls out of the wound left behind. I mean. Yeah. But then Oliver finds him. Finds it. God. It is sublime.
Of course, there are a few things I wish could have been more deeply been fleshed out. Discussing this last night with @hotdiggitydollie as we rode the train home, she mentioned Elio’s father and his beautiful speech at the end (I’m still choked up over it) How it was apparent he 'knew’ what was between Elio and Oliver but that we were never really shown scenes that telegraphed how he could have known. And not that I needed explicit sex scenes, but how we got more of that between Elio and Marzia than we did Elio and Oliver. I wonder if it had to do with editing and a heteronormative assumption for ratings. Maybe there will be more on the DVD. 🤞🤞
The q&a was everything you could have wanted. They looked lovely. I know they must be tired of talking about it all over and over again, but they don’t show it . They seem as eager to talk about sex with peaches and embarrassing dance moves as they ever have (and it was me who “aww"d at Armie and got a look about him leaving Twitter 😉)
The one thing I hadn’t heard before from this was Luca telling how they shot the film chronologically. That gave me all kinds of feels looking back on the film. Watching their love and friendship blossom in real time. Ah, it’s too much.
Michael Stuhlberg is a perfect human being. To hear him speak about his own father was beautiful.