The movie is like watching your favorite novel come to life from the comfort of your comfortable recliner with wine in one hand and chocolate in the other. It’s not just about gay love but about love in general.
With Call Me by Your Name, Luca Guadagnino teleports you to the world of Elio and his family tucked away in a picturesque location in Italy.
The film is about Elio Perlman (TimothÃ©e Chalamet), a 17-year-old American-Italian, and Oliver (Armie Hammer), an American in his twenties.
Elio lives with his father (Michael Stuhlbarg) and mother (Amira Casar) in northern Italy.
Every summer, his father, a professor of Greco-Roman culture, invites a student to work with him and stay with his family. Elio didn’t know that one summer his life would change.
Surely it wasn’t love at first sight for Elio and Oliver. However, just like a good recipe that takes time to cook, their bonding begins slowly.
Their love is complex and difficult to understand, but every little love exchange between them makes you want such love. With undertones of eroticism, the film features several scenes depicting the complexities of love and life in general.
Like, Elio’s confrontation with his father made him cry a lot as it’s hard to see a father so adaptive and welcoming towards his son’s sexual preferences and encounters.
Here are a few lines from the book and movie that may still succeed in stirring your soul.
1. The name of the movie, which is also a pivotal moment in the movie, comes after Oliver begged and begged while whispering Elio after they finally had sex together. He urges her to “call me by your name, and I will call you by mine”.
2. Marzia slyly hints at Elio that she knows he’s inclined to Oliver. She makes the statement to get Elio’s attention.
3. Because love is also about freeing each other.
4. The film is also a nice reminder of the fact that we only live once. We need to feel, experience, and cherish all that we have while it lasts.
5. We are constantly reminded of Elio’s insecurities about himself and the world around him, but the people in his life continue to push him to be a better person of himself.
6. Elio’s relationship with his father has become the best parent-child relationship ever depicted in a movie.
7. The film teaches us to feel everything and to recover from it. We should embrace the uncertainties of life with open arms and not worry about what we leave behind.
8. No matter who you love and how you love them, you should never forget how special you are. The film reminds us of this when we see Elio confront his father.
9. Whether you are 17 or 40, the older you get, the harder it is to heal. Despite all the pain and heartache that comes with it, the movie teaches you to open up to the possibility of love.
10. The film, at every moment, magnificently visualizes and explores the ambiguities and nuances of intimacy.
11. The end of Elio and Oliver’s story is heartbreaking, but it can’t be denied that heartbreak is also essential. They teach you to bounce back and be a better version of yourself.
12. One of the reasons the film has managed to strike a chord with audiences is its reliability. The concept of Elio’s awareness of his insecurities when he’s with Oliver is how most of us are in a newly built relationship or friendship.
13. The film and the book are also a cathartic analysis of grief and the pain of separation.
14. The Perlmans (Michael Stuhlbarg and Amira Casar) prove time and time again that they are an empathetic couple. They calmly but intensely assure their son that they will always be there for him, supporting him in any way they can.
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