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March 4, 2018 / Posted by:

The fly in Call Me By Your Name

WARNING: This post contains spoilers about Jizz and the Giant Peach (aka Call Me By Your Name), so if you haven’t seen it yet, keep it moving. (Although, if you haven’t seen it yet, but really want to spend a piece of your Sunday sending me an email that reads, “EAT A ROTTEN PEACH FILLED WITH JIZZ, MICHAEL, FOR SPOILING ME EVEN THOUGH YOU WARNED ME!“, then keep reading.)

Timothée Chalamet won Best Actor at the Independent Spirit Awards yesterday, and some think there’s a teeny tiny KevinSmithsDick-sized chance that he could pull an upset at the Oscars tonight and win the gold man dildo award over Gary Oldman for wearing 80 tons of prosthetics on his face to play Winston Churchill (but that’s probably not going to happen). But as Timothée gets awards and nominations thrown at him, I’m wondering where is the award love for the unsung heroes of CMBYN: the flies!

There’s flies everywhere in CMBYN. There’s one in the scene where Elio (Timothée) and Oliver (Armie Hammer) first kiss. That fly must’ve been extra horny and wanted to get in on that twink-on-college-daddy action. There were probably a lot of flies in CMBYN because, I don’t know, they filmed in early summer in the Italian countryside. But Slate wrote a think piece on the flies, and got into a few theories. One being that flies often represent “destruction” in art, and since nobody dies in CMBYN, maybe the director, Luca Guadagnino, used the flies as another kind of symbolism.

But since no one actually dies in Call Me By Your Name, I’d be inclined to think that Guadagnino is using the notion of “rot” differently here. Flies—and more specifically, maggots—are obviously known for eating flesh, whether it’s that of a peach or a human being. In this way, flies might not be about death so much as carnal desire; the fixation on the flesh, the festering of repressed desires.

Or maybe flies really love jizz-infused peaches, so they followed Elio hoping to get some more.

Whatever the case may be, the flies are the breakout stars of CMBYN, and the Meryl Streep of those flies steals the final scene from Timothée Chalamet. When Elio’s delicate young heart breaks in front of our very eyes as he squats in front of the fireplace while wearing Ducky from Pretty in Pink drag, a fly flies into the scene (at around the 0:45 mark). The fly starts on Elio’s face, then moves to his shirt for a while before flying up to his hair. Timothée slowly delivers that quiet raw emotion, but I couldn’t take my eyes off the fucking fly. Timothée is giving us pure acting, but little does he know that a damn scene-crashing fly is trying to show him up!

That fly deserved some awards for that, but sadly didn’t get any. The Oscars can make it up to that fly, though. Since houseflies live like a month max, that fly is definitely dead now. So the Oscars should honor that fly by putting it in the In Memoriam tonight. It’s only right.

Pic: YouTube

 

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