“Call Me by Your Name” movie review

“Call Me by Your Name” movie review

I talk about “Call Me by Your Name”, Luca Guadagnino’s gay romantic drama, and maybe my favorite film of the year.

Sorry again for the computer whirring sounds. That’s what I get for trying to save time by recording and rendering at the same time.

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Roksana Maharaj says:

Couldn't agree more, the best movie I've ever watched….EVER! I never watched a movie that touched me so deeply! I give it 10/10 too. I agree ….cant believe the awards are overlooking this movie…cant believe Armie didn't get nominated. Timothee blew me away with his performance….it didn't feel like acting, it was so well done! Fingers crossed for Oscars!!!

Saumitra Athlekar says:

Nice review. I just saw the movie. Now watching reviews, because I don't want to let go. I think you decribed the movie and its strengths quite well.
Oh but, "you can taste the fruit they are eating?" <raises eyebrow> <giggles remembering a certain scene>

Dreyvan Karameikos says:

I agree. Best movie of the year. And in many ways a contemporary masterpiece. Universal and eternal

cartmann227 says:

Very well explained 😃👍🏼

Goodie Andy says:

Now I have to watch the movie

IzzyDaKids Crew says:

Such an underrated channel

Timothy Steele says:

Consider this. What does the title of the movie/book mean?
Another reviewer focusing on the soundtrack termed CMBYN as:
Diegetic: adjective (in literature, film, etc.)
1. the telling of a story by a narrator who summarizes events in the 
plot and comments on the conversations, thoughts, etc., of the characters.
2. the sphere or world in which these narrated events and other elements occur.

I like this observation.
If CMBYN is diegetic, then the film is shot exclusively from Elio’s point of view…perhaps. Elio Pearlman is a musical protégé who unfortunately is contending with another challenge, other than his fluid sexuality, his difficulty with his Asperger Syndrome.
His boundary is not one of in or out, above or below, but one of a concentric permeable barrier where everyone uses words while he, himself is sort of color-blind to words. He emotes through his music. But to what device? Certainly not to reveal his obvious infatuation.

Here are some examples:
Throughout the movie, ‘words’ in their many forms, classification, Etymology, translations, lyrics, historic derivations, politics and even movie appreciation itself, all take center stage. The Pearlman’s wonderful villa is word-central. And yet twice in the movie, Elio has difficulty recognizing familiar voices over the phone. He has some limits audio-wise while he expresses his feelings internally by playing riffs of his favorite composers such as Ravel, Williams, and Sufjan Stevens. Music runs through his mind constantly, first scene to last. He yearns for Oliver. Every time they separate, he hears his love-sick Muse tickling in his head. Every time he pines for him, Sufjan Stevens composes another song. Elio taunts Oliver with his musical virtuosity. While Elio calls Oliver the “Usurper”, he sits there on his bench looking like Pan playing his guitar for the idle shepherd. He serenades his companion, Oliver tenderly. Then hauls up his shorts and taunts him at the grand piano with his teenage ivory-playing. Once he has asserted his small domain musically, he renders the “Usurper” speechless and ultimately serenades Oliver again, soothing the shepherd once more. A playful pull and push gesture as if he were pulling his girlfriend, Marzia’s braided hair for attention, but through his music. When Oliver does not show up for dinner, Elio thinks the worst, and is spurned for the rest of the evening. He refuses to play for his doding family when his object of desire is no longer nearby, “…Arrogante,”
Elio handles his infatuation with Oliver to the cost for his affection with beautiful, Marzia. He is literally speechless when addressing his mixed feelings.

As if Elio is not aware of the concentric characters in his life calling to him, the movie emphasizes his name,:
a. The first name uttered in the movie by both parents is…ELIO!
b. His name is uttered again at the volleyball game when Marzia says, " you should relax more.” ELIO!
c. Oliver yells, "ELIO! What are you doing?" when they are in the pool together.
d. Oliver yells "ELIO!" when they read the academic paper together at the pool.
e. His father pleads with him to play the piano. “ELIO!”
f. Oliver yells, "ELIO!" when they visit Sirmione and splash around in Lago di Garda…OLIVER!
g. Oliver yells, "ELIO!" when they are hiking along the mountainside in Clusone…OLIVER!
h. And finally, his mother, Anella uttered ELIO as the very last word in the movie.

Ultimately, Oliver sees the young man’s dilemma. He sees the hollowness of calling out to the young man's tin ear. To the fascination of Elio, his lover reverses their names for each other, where Oliver artfully makes it their own,
“Call me by your name, and I will call you by mine.”

Lucien Peter says:

It didn’t really affect me the way I felt like it should when Elio and Oliver had to be separated, since there wasn’t much of a buildup to their relationship well the romantic side at least but the actors were able to portray the emotions and the loss very well so it got to me in that sense. It was probably my favorite movie of the year so far too! I always look forward to your movie reviews Tim thanks for sharing this

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