Rent Call Me by Your Name (2017)

3.6 of 5 from 711 ratings
2h 7min
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Synopsis:
It's the summer of 1983 in Italy, and Elio (Timothée Chalamet), a precocious 17-year-old, spends his days in his family's villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading and flirting with his friend Marzia (Esther Garrel). One day, Oliver (Armie Hammer), a charming American scholar arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio's father, an eminent professor. Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.
Actors:
, , , , , , , Antonio Rimoldi, , Marco Sgrosso, André Aciman, ,
Directors:
Producers:
Emilie Georges, Luca Guadagnino, James Ivory, Marco Morabito, Howard Rosenman, Peter Spears
Writers:
James Ivory, André Aciman
Others:
Marco Morabito, Timothée Chalame, Sufjan Stevens, Emilie Georges
Studio:
Sony
Genres:
Top 100 Films, Drama, Lesbian & Gay, Romance
Awards:

2018 BAFTA Best Adapted Screen Play

2018 Oscar Best Adapted Screen Play

BBFC:
Release Date:
05/03/2018
Run Time:
127 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing
Bonus:
  • Snapshots of Italy: The Making of Call Me by Your Name
  • In Conversation with Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg and Luca Guadagnino Commentary with Timothee Chalamet and Michael Stuhlbarg
  • Commentary with Luca Guadagnino
  • "Mystery of Love" by Sufjan Stevens
BBFC:
Release Date:
05/03/2018
Run Time:
132 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing
Bonus:
  • Snapshots of Italy: The Making of Call Me by Your Name
  • In Conversation with Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg and Luca Guadagnino Commentary with Timothee Chalamet and Michael Stuhlbarg
  • "Mystery of Love" by Sufjan Stevens

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Reviews (29) of Call Me by Your Name

Highly Americanised Art House Movie - Call Me by Your Name review by WH

PROS: Great story. Excellent acting. Good direction and interesting scenery.

CONS: Those used to 'art house' presentations will be disappointed. Its what I would call ' Hollywood Arthouse'. All the characters speak with american accents. The lead actor - despite his name- is american. At times it reminded me of a Robin Williams movie set in the USA. Change the location and the names and it could easily have been.

Went on too long. Could easily have shaved 30 minutes off total running time. (over 2 hours)

In summary I would say :- Worth seeing-but don't expect authenticity.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Long and pretentious - Call Me by Your Name review by JR

The film is very long and very slow. It is peopled by pretentious , smug, beautiful, multilingual intellectuals , who breeze through life waited on by servants. Chalamet's performance is the most affecting, but the film fails to engage the emotions.

0 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Too Long - Call Me by Your Name review by KB

This film is fairly well done with the scenery & early 80s period & general cinematography but I thought about it was 20 minutes too long . Also , it is quite slow & although it is watchable I didn't find it engrossing & was wanting it to hurry up & end.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Call Me by Your Name review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

I’m sure that the blunt awkwardness of Call Me By Your Name’s tale of coming to terms with sexuality presents a moving experience for those not comfortable in their own skin. It goes about its story of discovery in a manner that is thoughtful, passionate, and overflowing with as much emotion as it does sex of many kinds. There’s a fearlessness to its presentation that is sure to warm the different and shock the uncomfortable. And yet it still feels as though there’s a bit of a missing heart to its tale of love most complicated, despite some strong performances and great storytelling.

Based on the novel by André Aciman, the teenager Elio (Timothée Chalamet) finds himself having the most unorthodox summer of 1983. He lives with his Jewish family in Italy and their house has a new guest, the mysterious and charming Oliver (Armie Hammer). Though Elio is going through the familiar motions of a teenage boy, he finds himself particularly attracted to Oliver. Very attracted. So much so that he’s conflicted about these feelings which he isn’t sure are true or just a fascination. It’s frightening coming to terms with one's own sexuality, especially at such a fragile age of discovering yourself.

Elio’s summer is seen in small, sunny bits of relaxation while thoughts linger of more. Parties at the house are kept light and spread out, large enough for Elio to be alone with his thoughts or Oliver if he so chooses. Days in town are airy and warm, Elio and Oliver chatting in shorts and riding bikes about the streets before heading into the countryside. It’s a summer with the perfect atmosphere for getting lost in one’s thoughts when teenagers have one thing on their mind but no clear road to take towards that goal.

The pressure of choosing that path can be felt as the days go by. Elio is caught between his attraction to a girl his own age and the handsome and older Oliver. He takes his relationship with the girl to the next level, sneaking a session of lovemaking in an old building while the radio plays, because that just seems to be the norm for boys. Not so normal, he thinks, is being sexually attracted to Oliver, to the point where he is so confused and frustrated that he makes love to a peach. I can already hear the scoffing, conservative movie viewers squirming upon reading that last session. I’ll bet they wretch if I went further in explaining what Oliver will do with that peach once he discovers it. For as much this scenes seems like it could be saying something, it feels more like an assurance to let the audience know this isn’t going to be the most subtle of gay romances.

One of the strongest moments in the film features a conversation of connection between Elio and his father once dad makes the discovery of his son’s fluctuating sexuality. He not only accepts his desires but tries to go a step further and put things in perspective how life plays out to a degree that a certain form of love can only last for so long. There’s an encouragement to be yourself but it may be too late to find yourself when the man you’re in love with views romance as a game that places quick distances between players. This leads to perhaps one of the most haunting and sad endings, punctuated beautifully by the credits as life merely goes on when you don’t know yourself and fear you may have lost whatever it was you were meant to be. Though not as powerful as it could have been, it’s hard deny those performances and steady focus on how love comes in many forms and is never that easy to understand, even for a scholar such as Elio.

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