In 1983 Italy, a 17-year-old boy (Timothee Chalamet) falls in love with a visiting American scholar (Armie Hammer) who has been hired as a research assistant by his father (Michael Stuhlbarg). Over the course of a memorable summer, the two flirt as the teen discovers his sexuality. Directed by Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love), Call Me by Your Name made its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.~Ellen Martinez
"Mystery of Love" Music Video by Sufjan Stevens
Commentary with Timothee Chalamet & Michael Stuhlbarg
In Conversation with Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg & Luca Guadagnino
Snapshots of Italy: The Making of Call Me By Your Name
This movie touched me on a fundamental level. I’m still thinking about it and will probably continue to do so for a while. This is a beautiful film with stellar acting and gorgeous scenery. Northern Italy is the idyllic setting, and Elio is at the heart of this story. In comes Oliver, a twenty-something young man who is working/studying under Elio’s dad, who has a student live with the family each summer. Elio appears to not know quite how to feel about Oliver at first with his easy confidence and handsome American charm. Everyone seems to love Oliver, and Elio eventually realizes that his feelings are much deeper than the superficial friendliness that he’s probably harbored for his father’s previous students. I was astounded by Elio, at once sophisticated and innocent, yet confident about what he wants, once he accepts what that is. This is about first love in its purest form and beautifully acted by both lead actors. There is definitely sexuality/sensuality but none of it is gratuitous- the first fumblings of the act as well as the deep earnestness of love. There is some nudity and there are strong implications of various sexual acts. I saw this with my 16 yr old daughter and I didn’t feel uncomfortable at all, nor did she, as we discussed the movie afterward. For me, the beauty of the relationship transcends everything. This beauty is not limited to just Elio and Oliver, however, as Elio’s parents are amazing in their unconditional love and support. His dad’s monologue brought me to tears. It’s so full of tenderness and understanding. The friendship Elio has with Marzia (?) is also wonderful in its simple acceptance. I can seriously wax poetic endlessly about this movie. I can’t remember the last time a film moved me as this one did. I hope the actors and movie all receive accolades and recognition for their work, but especially Timothee. He is absolutely fabulous and it’s an Oscar worthy performance IMO. Whoever cast this did an excellent job since the chemistry between Armie and Timothee is wonderful, as well as Elio’s parents. I fell into this movie and stayed until well after the credits rolled. Bottom line, see this movie. Loved loved loved.
So much negativity was said regarding the relationship between the two characters. He is 16 and the other is 24. The other guys is not that old. So enough for that. Let me just say if you are open minded and don't mind watching two guys fall in, this is a movie worth watching. There are coming of age gay movies out there, but this is one of the best. And in my opinion is probably the best one. It will be a classic one day. It's a beautiful film and deserves the nominations. All the main characters are wonderful actors and deserve their accolades. This is a movie that I will treasure for years. I am buying it especially because it also comes with the digital version.