Call Me By Your Name | Movie Review & Analysis

Call Me By Your Name | Movie Review & Analysis

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upchuckles says:

On symbolism:

I think the symbol of water is about purification, in almost a baptism kind of way. In particular for Oliver, who suffers from more internal conflict around his attraction. Swimming is usually his idea, and he often dunks himself in water when he feels impure, I think. After they first consummate their love, they wash themselves in a lake – and the camera makes it clear that they are keeping their distance from one another. They have a brief day in which they are both feeling ashamed and like they aren't sure if they want to forget it happened. As much as it's a comical scene, I think the scene that evening where Oliver briefly goes down on Elio is a revelation for his character. It's him finally letting go of his shame.

I think this biblical "baptism" symbol goes along well with the "forbidden fruit" symbolism, which… doesn't require much explaining.

And the fly I think goes along more with the theme that Elio's father expresses to him: that you shouldn't resist negative feelings. You shouldn't shoo the fly away. Sit with it, in discomfort, because joy and bitterness are inseparable. The fly appears a few times, and always when a character is in a state of emotional angst. When it first appears, Elio first tries to blow it away, but then he decides to ignore it and touch himself thinking of Oliver. I think it's a very subtle but very effective symbol. Emotions approach you like a foreign force sometimes, and they can make you feel ashamed, dirty, or sorrowful. But pushing those negative feelings away also crushes your joys and desires.

Nightbreaker YouTube says:

Wait, he's 17? You mean to tell me I was watching pedophilia!?!

Dennis Verner says:

I think this is the most beautiful film I have ever seen; in all the ways that someone might quantify that. Talking in terms of symbolism, one of the things that captured me (and may be coincidence and not at all planned by Luca) is that all the closeups of Elio, early in the film, at least, are in profile (a nice French/Roman profile) and this leads to Oliver tracing the nose and lips of the statue brought up from the lake which then leads to him tracing the nose and lips of Elio just before the kiss. All of this may be just out of my head but it seems deliberate on some level (the profile closeup continues through the film). One final thought that has occurred to me. Timothée is a good looking young man. But I don't know if it is makeup or lighting or camera work or the tone of the film or just Timothée's ability to so accurately portray human emotion so accurately but he is absolutely beautiful throughout this film.

Lectures Alternatives says:

YEAH ! Another review that totally ignores the fact that Elio HAS A GIRLFRIEND ! who verbalises her fear of being hurt by him and whom he hurts and humiliates nonetheless without the smallest attempt at avoiding it. And Oliver what does he think of hurting a young woman ? who gives her virginity to the boy who is seducing ? Na let's all remain blind, it's a beautiful love story under the sun.

If you look at the definition of "narcissistic pervert" in the dictionary you'll find a picture of Oliver. He's a simple narcissistic psychopath who toys with a boy and abuses him psychologically and sexually before leaving him destroyed. The beautiful understanding liberal parents are two crazy monsters too. It's not because you've got a degree that you're not sick in the head. And they both are.

The sole healthy persons in this film are Marzia, Mafalda and Elio at the beginning. But for some reason, right now it makes you open-minded to condone sexual and psychological abuse.


Great review but you need to slow the pace. Fast speaking. 👍🏻✌🏻

Maria Hajdnfj says:

I don't know if I 'm right, but I think there's also a symbolism about the bikes. (Sorry for my engligh) At first on the street when they're using their bikes, Oliver's bike is always behind Elios's bike , because he is following him and trying to give him signs that he likes him. After, their bikes are always closer and go next to each other. After Elio feels rejected for the first time, his bike is behind Oliver's.

Nishant Thapa says:

For me….the symbolism of the statue submerged in water, begin fished out denotes Oliver's character. Oliver evident that his father doesn't approve of homosexuality and therefore, Oliver is forced to suppress those feelings. The mentioned statue, which has not a "single straight line" is literally the image if homosexuality. Thus, to me, it represents Oliver freeing himself from his self imposed drowning and accepting who he is.

steph soppanish says:

I love how you say this premise has been done to death/is generic, and maybe that's true for straight protagonists, but can you count on your hand several mainstream LGBT films that are just a pure romance? With no pain and suffering or dying of aids or tortured coming outs etc? This coming of age might be generic for a man and woman pairing, but for a LGBT film it's revolutionary and should be treated as such.

marco m says:

The Film is a masterpiece…. But the way you were talking is very monotone and way toooo fast. A bit boring. Actually I had to stop following it. It's a pity for the review. Try to proof the way of talking in tone and speed.

wright gregson says:

i sgree everything you say. i did not feel that the film dragged in any way; it only enhanced the feeling of what was being portrayed. the music was so perfect in every way and the final scene is stunningly enthralling and subtle and heart-wrenching. i think it will become a scene taught in film schools..

R C says:

…thank you for this splendid review, the movie was beautiful and mesmerizing..

Yoscelyn Baez says:

Damn, i feel like this movie has become part of me. Just sublime.

Bao Gia says:

great review and analysis but present it with pace and heart next time 🙂

Elcid Asuncion says:

Analyze my tears instead cause im straight

Robert Currie says:

Great review. Insightful and intelligent.

ed john says:

Your review was sublime and poetic. I am now a subscriber as a result of your insightful remarks. Thanks.

fuad Bambang says:

Too poor.. in my country such movie wouldn't be played in theater.

Jackie Hill says:

I loved, loved, loved this film.

Agnes Laufer says:

Nice, but can You speak slower?

Linnaeus Shecut says:

I am so involved with this movie that to show it to someone who makes remarks like "He's (Elio) so skinny" feels like I'm "casting pearls before swine." I don't know if I can share it with my own boyfriend of over 30 years when the Blu-ray arrives on March 13 (2018) because of his unromantic attitude. He is very sexual, but not romantic. Obviously, we had very different coming-of-age experiences. I grew up in a small town in the South, he grew up in a New York Puerto Rican environment. By the way, the "so skinny" remark was made by a 68 year old woman who has not had sex with her husband in 30 years! She only watches violent movies and some film noir – no romance, not even "Moonstruck."

James Chumbley says:

Some Thoughts on the movie: Call Me By Your Name
I’m glad that at 62 that I can still dream and hope. Yes, those can be two very different things.

I decided to take a break from work this afternoon and go ahead to see the movie: Call Me By Your Name tailored from the book written by Andre Aciman. I’ve been reading the book while on the treadmill at the gym. Today, I broke one of my rules about not seeing a movie until I finish reading the book if it’s indeed a movie inspirited by one. I wish I’d suck to that rule. I’m not even sure if I can pick the book back up, at least not anytime soon, to finish it. I certainly know that movies don’t always follow the book to the letter … in fact, I’ve seen movies that were supposedly adapted from a book or two and later found myself walking out of the theater thinking, “That movie certainly isn’t even closely related to a book I’d read.”

It was unquestionably a beautifully executed film, and being shot in the countryside of Lombard, Italy certainly added to the charm of the movie, as did the 17th Century villa where a good part of it took place. It makes me want to return one day and I’ve already been there twice in my life.

Understanding that I haven’t finished the book, Aiman may have ended the story a bit differently than the movie’s director, Luca Guadagnino. I would only hope so, but I’m kind of doubting it. I should add, that I thought the acting was exceptional. With all that stated, I really didn’t need to walk out of the theater with my heart broken. Guadagnino had a choice as to whether to break hearts at the end or leave a bit of hope that the love between the main characters, Oliver and Elio, would have a future, but he chose to break our hearts as if there's not enough of that in the world.

And, when you whittled things down a bit … I don’t know what the laws are in Italy, but in many states in America, Oliver would have been labeled a child molester understand he was well over 21 and Elio was 17. What I took from the movie by the acting and the sequence of events … Oliver knew from the first move, regardless of Elio’s desires for him, that he would end up breaking a boy’s heart. And, that’s exactly what his character did. Yeah, I thought it sucked. And, furthermore … as I put more thought into the characters, Oliver was perhaps a bit narcissistic … especially in the next to the last scene, when during a phone conversation he tells Elio he is engaged and asks … rather states, in my option: "You don't mind that I am … do you (… or something like that)." Well, of course, the boy mined … he'd just told Oliver how much he missed him. So, basically, he just used the boy to get his "rocks off" and then threw him away. He just happened to have a good "pickup line."

You know … I think I won't pick up the book again and hope that it ends differently or at least not so sucky.

Laurence DeLoach says:

Finally a beautiful gay love story. But why do they always end in heartbreak

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