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Her Love For This Film Was So Strong That She Flew To Italy To ‘See’ It For Herself

"This movie has helped me so much ..."

You may have a favorite movie you love to watch from time to time, but have you ever made a pilgrimage to where that film was set? If not, then your fandom isn't at the same level than that of Zineb Bayad and the 2017 gay coming-of-age hit Call Me By Your Name.


Bayad, a French university student, traveled to the small Italian town of Crema — in northern Italy, specifically the province of Cremona and the Lombardy region — where the Luca Guadagnino-directed film was set. During the trip, she recreated memorable scenes by taking still from the flick and matching them up with the real-life locations where they took place.

"The movie was an ethereal experience and I truly believe I will never forget it. So I thought about creating more memories around it," Bayad told INSIDER in a Twitter DM interview about her decision to take this special vacation. "This movie has helped me so much, first because of its lesson about love and self-acceptance. It helped me to embrace my sexuality and take my mind away during some hard times."

Bayad perfectly captured the scenery as well as moments between actors Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer beautifully — bringing the cinematography of Sayombhu Mukdeeprom to life once more. We can almost hear Sufjan Stevens singing "Mysteries of Love" and "Visions of Gideon" from the film while looking at these, so you should probably cue them up to get the full experience.

Some moments made her cry a bit, Bayad revealed, and overall she said it felt like a dream. "It is just an amazing experience," Bayad said. "It just hit me how beautiful and unforgettable this movie is."

Check out Bayad’s “Call Me By Your Name” snapshots here:


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