Director – Luca Guadagnino

Flick in a Limerick

Elio and his family go to Italy for the summer

A student doctor named Oliver comes to live and they fall for each other

There is nothing Elio won’t try

Between a girl and a guy

Exploring his sexuality as he decides who he wants as his lover

Role Play

(Timothee Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlberg, Amira Casar, Esther Barrel)

Nose Candy

“Cinema is a mirror of reality and it is a filter”

“Call me by your name and I’ll call you mine”

“Nature has a cunning way of finding our weakest spot”

“Then let me say one more thing. It’ll clear the air. I may have come close, but I never had what you two have. Something always held me back or stood in the way. How you live your life is your business, just remember, our hearts and our bodies are given to us only once. And before you know it, your heart is worn out, and, as for your body, there comes a point when no one looks at it, much less wants to come near it. Right now, there’s sorrow, pain. Don’t kill it and with it the joy you’ve felt”

Style Points

  • Italian scenery architecture, waterfalls, and winter scenery
  • Use of different languages
  • 80′ era style
  • Piano ambiance
  • Point of views through roads, bike trails and forests
  • Elio orange tinted dream

Money Shot

Elio is sad as Oliver goes back to America. In an attempt to comfort his son Mr. Perlman sits down with him and has a conversation letting him know that he always knew about him and Oliver’s relationship. Mr. Perlman let Elio know that he did not mind that he experienced relations with another man and what the two had was special. Mr. Perlman claimed that “How you live your life is your business,” and that he himself once had an encounter with another guy.

Final Touch

Call Me By Your Name is a shining example of first love and explores relationships through sex, age and cultural differences. Timothee Chalamet excelled playing such a diverse character which demanded him to speak multiple languages and be intimate with opposite genders. The Italian setting is very appealing. This film had excellent pacing where as a viewer you knew where events were leading up to but was never rushed. Elio and Oliver’s romance had the opportunity to develop organically. The words in the climatic scene by Mr. Perlman to Elio is beautiful and very timely considering there is not a lot of dialogue throughout. Elio was worried about what his parents may have thought about his experiences with Oliver but in a revelation his father was very supportive. The final scene is clever with the credits rolling Elio is seen crying in front of a fireplace heartbroken but soon he kind of breaks the fourth wall and looks at the camera with a smile. Better to have loved and lost then not at all.

-Caleb Harris

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