Yep, the very movie where someone cums in a peach. This is a classic of LGBT films. Even if you haven't watched it, you've probably heard of it, as it was extremely successful upon release and won an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award in the Best Adapted Screenplay category. Call Me by Your Name is based on the novel of the same name by André Aciman (2007). This is a story about knowing your bisexuality, about pure but no less important and sincere first love, and that sometimes people can't be together not because of some external factors, but simply because they are who they are.
Feelings between a teenager and an older person always have some doom, but sometimes people decide to be happy here and now, even knowing that they shouldn't have done it. The story of 17-year-old Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet) and 24-year-old Oliver (Armie Hammer) is no exception. Elio's father, a professor of archaeology, invites Oliver, a graduate student, to spend the summer with them at his house in Northern Italy and help with his research. But suddenly Oliver and Elio get closer, catching feelings for each other.
The overall impression of the film can be described as aching pain and spreading warmth in the chest. It is popular not only because it has the bingo of the things That People Like: Italy of the 80s, the sea, the sun, the nature, the aesthetics of music and archeology, 35 mm film, warm color palette, a summer romance, tender feelings and sweet and sour aftertaste. Although, of course, this is an insanely visually and musically beautiful film, the story itself is no less good.
It is quite difficult to film a novel that was written in first-person and this is the main problem for the director and screenwriter: how to show what is happening in the character's soul and thoughts? The original script by James Ivory used to have a voice-over, which the director eventually rejected, but that didn't make the film any worse. We understand Elio's feelings, maybe even more and better than if we listened to a voice-over. We are with him in his present, we feel his uncertainty and jealousy, hope and pain, pleasure. Initially, there were supposed to be a lot more sex scenes in the film, but Luca Guadagnino removed them, having decided they were not needed in this film, this is absolutely not about that. However, in my opinion, the only sex scene that we have seen is one of the most tender, sensual and intimate in cinema. It's quite hot and true at the same time. It's also one of my favorite scenes in this movie. The other one is the final scene, when your emotions and Elio's emotions coincide and you experience it together.
This is a suitable film for a warm summer evening when you feel free to love and cry without holding back and not being shy.
The novel has a sequel "Find Me" (2019), exactly to calm your wounded soul after watching the movie and reading the book. However, this novel is much more commercial and has inconsistencies with the first part. I prefer to think that this is a story in a parallel universe, if you are not satisfied with the ending of the original story.
Luca Guadagnino used to talk about making a sequel to the film, but in the last interview from 2021, he said that work on the film is not underway now and he will not return to this story in the near future. There is no information about this right now. Maybe it's for the best.
– Sandra Kuznetsova