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Call Me By Your Name

7.82 h 11 min2018X-Ray15
Amid the summer splendor of 1980's Italy, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire that will alter their lives forever.
Luca Guadagnino
Armie HammerTimothée ChalametMichael Stuhlbarg
English [CC]
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Amira CasarEsther Garrel
James IvoryHoward RosenmanPeter SpearsLuca GuadagninoEmilie Georges
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4.6 out of 5 stars

8571 global ratings

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Brian JamesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 July 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
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SamReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 March 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Is it a video ? No it's a truly outstanding piece of modern cinema - a classic.
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This is one of the best films I have seen in ages, and one of the only movies in years to stay with me days, if not weeks after the viewing.
This sensual and alluring film was adapted for the big screen by James Ivory, from a novel by Andre Aciman, immediately giving the piece a depth of understanding, that a screenwriter of his calibre brings to any project he's involved in. However, it is Luca Guadagnino's script and deftness of touch as a director, that stays with you.

For so long I have been watching big budget CGI studio movies, and while I have enjoyed them for what they are, it is so refreshing to go back to basics and be reminded of what makes cinema great. For me that is what this film did. I am sure that this is will be referenced for many years to come, and represents a masterclass in it's genre.

Sometimes directors make films throughout their career that hint at their talent but they never quite reach their peak, so many variables dictatate this. It so often not about ability directorial wise, or about the performances of those involved in any particular project, but an overall coming together of so many things, that make up what eventually becomes the finished product.
Happily here we find that a perfect conbination of an amazing script, beautiful locations, lovely acoustics, an incredible cast, combined with stunning cinematography, which I am sure will stay in the minds of all who see it, for many years to come.

The characterisations of all the cast are so realistic you cannot help but be drawn in by the heartfelt and moving roles that particularly the two leads playing Elio and Oliver provide.

The Plot
Elio Perlman is a seventeen year boy staying in Crema at his parents villa as he does every summer, where his father Mr Perlman welcomes a research fellow for 6 weeks every year to join them. This is how Oliver the object of the young mans affections appears in Elio's life and for the teenager it is love at first sight. However we as an audience watch this attraction between them evolve at first slowly with little hints, until it totally takes them over and they are totally unable to resist the feelings they have for each other and it is obvious they have fallen madly in love.

What makes this so compelling is the way the two main protagonists are able to convey the depth of feeling Elio and Oliver have for one another, it is the little touches that made this so special. For example there is a scene where Elio has a nose bleed and Oliver rushes to see if he is ok. Although there is alot of physical contact it is in a non sexual way. Luca Guadagnino allows it to be just intimate enough to show how much these two people care about each other, but restrained enough to show how unsure the two men are about where this is going and what is at stake.
I can't stress how brilliant the actors Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer are in their interpretation of the script, because in different hands this may have been less so.
In Timothee's case his Elio is the centre of attention as the camera follows him as he grows in his awareness of his sexuality and the need to express it. This incredible actor portrays the part with so little self conciousness it is hard to distinguish him from his on screen counter part. He brings so much realism to his onscreen alterego it will be impossible not to have a lump in your throat at the end of all of it.

For anyone who has seen the film or read the book they will already know that there are several scenes likely to go down in film folklore such as one involving a peach and the other regards the conversation that takes place between Elio and his dad that is one of the most profound and moving I have witnessed on screen, and worth the admission price alone.
However, personally speaking, and without spoiling the ending for anyone, it is the closing four minutes of the credit roll that made me buy this on dvd, and have I watched it at least 6 times now as a stand alone moment.
Timothee Chalamet's wordless Elio convey's so much to the audience literally through his sheer intelligence and understanding of his character, along with the atmospheric track evocatively sung by Surfan Stevens created especially for the moment that has systematically reduced many a viewer to tears. Boy, does this actor know how to use the intimacy, created by acting to a unmanned camera, to good effect. I understand he was also listening to the track while being filmed, which ultimately produces one of the most watchable and memorable moments in modern cinema.

Just beyond any expectation I could have had. Pure loveliness and, also a very persuasive advert for the stunning beauty that is Italy itself.

I didn't see this when it initially came out, and didn't really take any notice of it until the Oscar hype, so my only regret is not seeing this on a bigger screen.
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Philip CutlerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 December 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
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Ok, so positives and this is why I rated this with 3 stars. The cinematography is beautiful. It captures that small town feeling really well. It could be in any of these countries: France, Spain, Italy Greece. If you've ever been to any of those countries and driven into the countryside you'll find a town like this. Dusty roads, the town square, a bank, a bar, people sitting outside watching the world go by, wooden shutters on the pastel coloured buildings and a church. You can almost smell orange and peach blossom in the air. It's just beautiful and this film evokes lovely memories for me.
So, the story: handsome, athletic, popular, charming, sexy guy arrives at a large house in the countryside ostensibly to finish his own thesis, but also help the incumbent professor with research. The family are all intelligent, artistic and talented in different ways. The son is a clever teenage boy whose knowledge all comes from reading and not from life experiences and so, as he says later in the film "he knows nothing" . He is unsure of his emotional feelings, is very immature, some would say precocious and doesn't know where his sexual orientation lies. These are pretty common experiences for an adolescent as far as I remember, although that was a very, very long time ago!!. He is obviously attracted to the American visitor, but then so is everyone else, quite understandably!
Before continuing with the story, why do they converse with each other in different languages? French. german, italian? The boy even speaks french on and off with his female italian friend. Why exactly? I found it very tedious.
My view of the relationship between the two varies considerably from other viewers. For me, the 20+ American seems to be 'grooming' the boy...drawing him in and pushing him away, but each time drawing him closer. The boy is very unsure about his sexuality and embarks on a sexual relationship with a female check things out. Oliver, the American, eventually has sex with Elio after a fumbled attempt by Elio whilst they are out cycling together (he grabs Oliver's crotch). Is it love? Well, in my opinion it wasn't, but obviously that's just my opinion.
When Oliver has to return to the US at the end of the summer, the two head off together to spend some time alone with each other. One night Elio get very drunk and sick, meanwhile Oliver is dancing with a lady who happens to be listening to a song which Oliver knows. The two part at the railway station with the usual "I'll never forget you" speech and Elio returns home saddened by the loss of the man who gave him his first homosexual encounter.
Forward to winter. The family have returned to their country residence. Oliver phones and speaks to Elio's parents first. He is then handed over to Elio and in the space of no time at all, announces that he is getting engaged in the spring! So, the love he had for Elio was so real that 4 months later he tell him he is about to marry. Well that's love for you!
For the final scene, which in my view, is the best piece of acting in the film, Elio stares into the fire and says nothing, but his face speaks volumes.
The acting is okay, although I found some of it wooden at times. There are moments of super acting and others where they just seem to be walking through the words.
After watching the film I had to read the book just to see what I had missed. In the book it appeared to me that Elio was 'stalking' Oliver. He is especially jealous when Oliver disappears regularly at night time. For Elio, this can only mean one thing. Oliver is having sexual encounters with pretty much everyone and anyone. At one point he even imagines him having sex with their handyman.
I couldn't find any reference to the finding of an Hellenic bronze in the book. Perhaps I missed it? Why put in a scene which doesn't exist in the book, yet leave out so many important scenes which do?
The latter part of the book is very different from the film. The pair head off to Rome. They have been treated to a beautiful room in a posh hotel, courtesy of Elio's father. Quite different from the pensione in the film. Here Elio has a 'road to Damascus' experience. The beauty of Rome, the friendship of Oliver's fiends, the acceptance of their relationship, the freedom to be free. Yes, Elio, does get very drunk and yes he is sick. However, the scene where Oliver dances with a stranger? It doesn't happen. Why was that added when so much of importance was left out? Obviously to make a film based entirely on the book would made it far too long, I appreciate that. However, I felt that some parts were added/removed/altered quite unnecessarily.

For me, "God's Own Country" was a far, far superior film. The cinematography in that was just as good as in CMBYN. Totally different of course, but it captured the feel of winter in the wilds of Yorkshire perfectly for me. The acting was much better as was the storyline. If you haven't watched tat film I highly recommend you buy/rent/watch it.
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ElenaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 July 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Superb!masterpiece of a movie
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In a immaculate condition and quick delivery.Pleasure to watch
gikiReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 February 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
perfect, beautiful, evocative
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The real breakout star in this movie the atmosphere of the Italian villa and surrounding countryside, the quiet orchard, the shade of an old tree, the hot sun on the rocks, the polished floors in the large cool rooms. It is pitch perfect, beautiful, evocative sensual, and the story very carefully never gets in the way of that. A tale of first love between 2 quite bratty and difficult characters, it is a testament to the skills of both actors that they add just enough depth an nuance to make it work, and make you care, without making these guys straightforward likable.
Ashton MasonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 March 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Drama under the Mediterranean sun
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The sort of slow burn, subtle, thoughtful film that might have been totally annoying and frustrating in less capable hands, but works very well because of some great acting and tight direction.
Mark AlexanderReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 December 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Stunningly beautiful! A truly wonderful, moving film for the sentient and tender-hearted!
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Powerful and transformative, this wonderful movie is a celebration of love, a celebration of beauty in all its forms, a celebration of enlightened thinking, a celebration of the attraction of a summer in delightful, sunny Italy!

Timothée Chalamet (Elio) and Armie Hammer (Oliver) play their parts splendidly. In fact, all the actors do. Michael Stuhlbarg, the father, with his father-to-son talk towards the end of the film is a sensation; Amira Casar, who plays the part of Elio’s mother, plays her part flawlessly. The parents' acceptance of Elio’s sexuality is an object lesson in parenting perfection.

This superb film excites the senses! It electrifies you! It will probably change your perceptions, too. It has the power to shake a person out of his benightedness!

A celebration of the beauty of pure, gay love; this film shows us all how truly beautiful it can be, with all its joy and attendant pain. This is a love story, showing that love is love, no matter what form that love takes.

The movie will transport you back to the beautiful early 80s, when life was far less complicated. The attention to detail in the film is remarkable. When watching this film, you can feel Italy, feel the Eighties. Because of the filming techniques used, you feel that you are there in Italy along with the characters.

Having read many reviews, I know I am not alone in finding this film extremely moving. If you let it, it will touch something deep inside you, whether you are gay or straight.

The stunning beauty of this movie is what you get when the brilliance of an author such as André Aciman is married with the unbelievable skill of the screenwriter, James Ivory, and the creative genius of the film director, Luca Guadagnino. The result is a masterpiece!

This is a movie for those able to feel deeply. It is one of the finest films I have ever watched. Bravo to all concerned in its production!

Watching this moving film brought back fond memories of times that have past and evoked thoughts of what could have been. Truly touching! Don't miss it! But make sure you have a box of Kleenex to hand. You will surely need one. The movie is bewitching!

If you want to understand the attraction of gay love, this is the film for you! The discovery of a young man’s sexuality is tenderly and tastefully portrayed.

Watching this exquisite film is a not-to-be-missed experience.
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Mr. Ms. TaitReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 May 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the most romantic films ever made, not to be missed
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Call Me By Your Name was nominated for 261 film awards and won 107 film awards, making it the most accoladed LGBT film in the history of gay cinema. Timothee Chalamet delivers a powerfully affecting performance as the enigmatic Elio, a teenager who seems wise beyond his years, but is immature and inexperienced when it comes to sexual relationships, drifting back and fourth between Oliver and Maria played by Armie Hammer and Esther Garrel. Armie Hammer, a famously suave American in another star making performance seems to be channeling the actor Jeff Goldblum. The story takes place at a Italian mansion or villa in the year 1983, the start of a new exciting decade. Strong performances from supporting actors Michael Stuhlbarg and Amira Casar who play Elio's parents, 2 characters who are intelligent enough to know what's going on between Elio and Oliver and encourage it because it's what there son desires. Luca Gaudagnino directs the film beautifully. Watching Call Me By Your Name is like watching a dream, a gay dream, which if you wake up from you immediately want to get back to sleep and start dreaming about again and find out what else happens. Good music is always effective in a film and Call Me By Your Name certainly has plenty of that to help the story along. James Ivory who won a Oscar for best adapted screenplay says if he had directed the film he would have made it more sexually explicit like the novel, I wonder what he had in mind? But then Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet wouldn't have acted in the film if it involved full frontal nudity. What would the film have been like if James Ivory had directed it? Better? Worse? Who knows. I would place Call Me By Your Name in my top 10 list of greatest gay movies ever, along with Death In Venice, Parting Glances, Maurice, Beautiful Thing, Brokeback Mountain, Weekend, Free Fall, Stranger By The Lake and God's Own Country. Dvd comes with director and cast interviews, film commentary by Timothee Chalamet and Michael Stuhlbarg and a trailer.
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