Call Me By Your Name

 (19,232)7.92 h 11 min2017X-RayR
A teenage boy becomes enamored with an American student who comes to stay with his family in Northern Italy. Together they share an unforgettable summer of discovery and romance.
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Luca Guadagnino
Armie HammerTimothée ChalametMichael Stuhlbarg
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James IvoryHoward RosenmanPeter SpearsLuca GuadagninoEmilie Georges
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TyReviewed in the United States on March 13, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsIt only comes once in a lifetime
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Much like the film itself, the journey and ultimate transition from youth to adulthood is usually a brief moment in the span of life. Our interests are well developed, our personalities relatively set, we are educated...but, we have yet to experience true love and intimacy, and the seemingly never ending pain of its loss. We've all been there. If we try hard enough (or watch a film like this) we may have emotional memories of our own self discovery that we experienced in youth. That overwhelming, burning intensity of desire, mixed seamlessly with a reserved self-consciousness, confusion, and guilt. We all remember the rush that came from the person we liked most in this world putting even one finger on ours, for the first time. The world outside of that moment melted away like never before. Likewise, we might remember the need we felt to think about every word we said before we said it, suddenly caring so much about what this one particular person thought of us. Do they know? Do I want them to know? Do they care? Am I good enough? Most importantly, does the risk of speaking truth outweigh the pain of silence?
"Coming of age" is a label that I'm not particularly a fan of, but it is the most commonly understood label for this genre. I suppose you could call this a "coming of age" film, but, is told from a unique same sex perspective (in the 80s') and the nature of the transition is purely relationship based. Elio, the precocious 17 year old partaking in this journey, is already by most adult. He is a highly educated musical prodigy and polyglot, belonging to an educated and privileged family, and has enjoyed all the freedoms and cultured experiences that this kind of life allows. That includes world travels and Summers at his parent's villa in Northern Italy. He is sexually active with his girlfriend, drinks, smokes, reads high brow literature, and transcribes music by ear. But, what he has not experienced, is what to him "matters most". Enter the older, handsome, and intellectual doctoral student, Oliver, to whom Elio is compelled to confess this lack of knowledge. Oliver is discovering his own buried identity, which has been carefully hidden by his overly confident exterior. You get the idea.
The power of "Call me by your name" really lies in its simplicity. For a film with a 2+ hour running time, there is relatively little happening as far as plot advancement goes. A story-line is not non-existent, so much as it is irrelevant. The film is casual and relaxed, it unfolds Summer itself, and includes all of the sun-kissed eroticism of the season. This is a movie about feelings, not action. It's about moments. This Summer. These people.This place. It is about a look or a touch. The music begins to flutter as Elio hears Oliver's voice in the distance, telling us all we need know. A lot is left unsaid. A lot is left undone. The future is ambiguous.
This is NOT a "gay movie". It is universal in its themes. Humanistic. Anyone, of any gender or orientation, is going to relate and remember their own burning passions of youth. Their first love. That feeling will perhaps run a little deeper with gay audiences, who know all too well the tragedy of such relationships. The overwhelming need for secrecy, at first, and then later the desperate longing to hold onto this new truth and physical/emotional matter the cost. When lust transitions to love, you simply stop caring (If you're lucky). The heart wants what it wants. We can experience these feelings again, of course, maybe even stronger... but never again for the first time. That happens just once, along with all the gifts and burdens that go with it. It is just a moment in time, but has very powerful significance in shaping us. That moment is what "Call me by your name" presents so very well, with wonderful acting (Chalamet especially), directing, incredible Oscar nominated original music, and an Oscar winning screenplay set in the gorgeous Italian countryside. Elio’s father (Michael Stuhlbarg) delivers a must-see monologue in the film that (while a bit heavy handed) is an emotional powerhouse about love, aging, and acceptance. It is a masterfully crafted film. Each scene flows effortlessly into the next. I have rarely been so affected by a film, and I really prefer it over the source novel (though they compliment each other very well). It is truly an exceptional viewing experience.
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AKA SullyReviewed in the United States on March 14, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsTeaches of Peaches
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I’m mildly deaf and never used the subtitle option when I saw it twice in theaters. I remember missing out on some dialogue and used the novel as my guide to the films story. Like many I left in tears. Romantic, beautifully filmed and a talented cast. Timothée Chalamet, you should of won Best Actor at the Oscars *cough*

Being deaf, I was still able to capture the films glow. When Elio tucks his hand under his chin as he says goodbye to Oliver or just the glances of desire/fear in Elio’s mannerisms. I didn’t need sound to feel or relate to that. My silent interpretation of the film was an ethereal journey.

I later read the script to fill in the spaces and have since watched the film with subtitles. It’s my favorite film of the year and will forever hold a place in my heart. Bravo to Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Armie Hammer, Amira Casar and Esther Garrel.
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L J MelenReviewed in the United States on March 23, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsA True Representation of Love
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For once, I agree with all the hype being given by paid pundits about a movie. "Call Me" is definitely worthy of all the of all the laudits and award nominations it has been given, and the individual actors give outstanding performances.

But, let there be no doubt, this is very much an adult production. And I am not referring to nudity or sexual portrayals, but to the emotions it represents. Having seen "Love, Simon," just a matter of days prior, the first comparison is that "Call Me" is neither light subject matter nor is it anything but a drama - and not a happy movie at its heart.

"Call Me" is definitely a movie about romance and first love, but it is not light material nor does it contain a happy ending. As a coming-of-age plot, it's as depressingly accurate as such events are in true life. And it truly is, at its most basic level, simply a story of 2 people falling in love. The background emotions are universal and not unique to either heterosexual nor homosexual love: the same story could have been between a young man and girl as it was the young man and boy, literally without changing any of the story.

And I must acknowledge my admiration, or outright confusion, regarding the actors. Their portrayals of the 2 principals are flawless, to the point that it is difficult to remember that both are heterosexual males. The onscreen chemistry is so unforced and the emotional bonding so realistic as to be contradictory to the current American mindset of males in that age bracket. It is truly a superb example of actors becoming their characters.

Would I recommend purchasing this movie? Definitely. "Call Me" needs, and deserves, to be watched over again, to be returned to for yet another viewing after being thought over and digested. There is much here to be experienced and thought over as the viewer ages and matures.
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Mark C. HiserReviewed in the United States on January 23, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsBeautiful and Moving
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I did not think it possible to make a film of this novel, and I certainly did not think it possible to make a good film of it, but this is one of the best I have seen in a very long time.

Yes, it is a film about first love and coming of age. Yes, it is a gay relationship. Yes, the characters are 17 and 24. But this is not a “sex film” as some think. Instead, this is a film influenced by Proust ( the author of the novel is an expert on the French author) and deals with the themes of time and memory.

No action. No explosions. No great tragedy, just the awakening of longing and desire, and the passing of time.
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Dodger712Reviewed in the United States on April 3, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsNOT a story of a Pedophile!!! Well acted story of an adolescent's self discovery.
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Despite the surge of people calling this "child porn" or "A story about Pedophilia" I think many are missing the point here. For one, it is not pedophilia. Since the younger character is between 17 and 19, it would be classified as Ephebophilia. ( Sexual attraction to those in late adolescence). It is more a first love, summer fling, first explorations of how the younger guy is, and coming to know one's self. I think part of the problem is that Timothee is so young looking. The actor looks about 14 or 15. Mr. Hammer looks older than his character's stated age of mid 20's. So on screen it appears that at 30-something is "molesting" a 15 year old.
This is a beautifully photographed and acted movie. The pace is slow, like the summer over which the story evolves. It was sweet and not sleazy in the least to me. I did an informal poll of people who saw the film and they all agreed that they liked the story and were perplexed as to how all people got was "It's a pedo movie". I am sad that many will write this movie off due to that. It is funny, heartbreaking, and very well acted. Especially when characters have no lines and the actors convey what they are thinking by facial expression. AND, there is THE most beautifully written and delivered speech by the father to his son EVER put on the screen. For that reason alone, I would recommend this movie if other things about it were also not so good. But they are. I was very pleased with my purchase of this film (as my backassed part of the USA would NEVER "allow" it to play in our local theater!! Heaven forbid we scare the Baptists and promote such as lifestyle to the children!!). 5 Stars. and Well deserved they are.
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ajsim58Reviewed in the United States on March 19, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsAn absorbing movie that you can't help getting drawn into. Very well written and acted. 6 out of 5 stars.
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wow. this movie drew me into it more and more as the movie went on. very mesmerizing. I related so much to the feelings of Elio (Timothee Chalamet) and felt for him. Timothee Chalamet; what an amazing young star! He made the movie. His acting skills, pouring out in body language and facial expressions were amazing! And even though I don't like movies with sad endings, this movie's ending was so real. I cried, when Elio cried. I felt his loss, the feeling of hopelessness, the feeling of what is lost forever, a feeling that I can relate to in my life. Very realistic, since I have been there myself. A great story. Absorbing. There were some very erotic sexual scenes in the movie. I was surprised, that a movie like this, nominated for academy awards, would have such sensual scenes. I rate this movie 6 out of 5 stars. highly recommended! The movie was nominated for several awards, and won several awards, and rightfully so.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on September 12, 2019
1.0 out of 5 starsDoes not quite cut it
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He's having an affair with an underage boy, which makes him a pedophile and the parents are okay with it. This movie is bad and twisted; the boy could have had a deep admiration...even infatuation for Oliver; it would have been a better movie to focus on a special and unique relationship with meaning; but instead they added the perversion which was uncomfortable; not just because it was homosexual; but because it was bad. I just did not see that they had established that there was anything meaningful between the two and not necessarily anything to warrant a physical relationship...just because Oliver was tall and handsome and the boy was horny was not enough. The location was nice and tranquil; too bad the movie does not quite cut it.
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J. DeleonardoReviewed in the United States on March 5, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsVery touching movie - worth the watch
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It really touched me. I watched it twice in one day. I missed a lot of nuances the first time around. It's a story of young love and heartbreak. It's funny if you read some of the negative reviews they talk about pedofilia. The boy was 17, the age of consent in Europe is lower than it is in the US. The grad student is supposed to be about 24 years old. The boy Elio was sexually active before Oliver (the grad student) got there. If you actually watch the movie it's the boy that was the aggressive one and Oliver tried to stop it several times. Those remarks are solely for some of the hateful remarks I read.

It really was a great movie. It made me remember what it was like to be that age. What it was like to have that first love. The love that touches you for the rest of your life.
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