Director: Luca Guadagnino
Starring: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
Rated: R (For sexual content, nudity and some language)
It is a film of great beauty that does mask the shortcomings of the relationship quite effectively. For all the faults of developing Oliver as a character, Elio’s sexual awakening is done with grace and tact, and we can understand why he draws close to Oliver in the first place. Finally, there is a great scene involving Elio and his father (Michael Stuhlbarg), where the father admits to knowing about his sons relationship, praising him for experiencing the kind of love he never had, and then ultimately mourning for him and his loss. It may go down in history as one of the great ‘father/son conversations’ that Hollywood has made over the years, as it shows an understanding to the relationship we have witnessed that I believe the movie itself largely missed. Still, first loves are rarely perfect, so to expect this movie to be is probably asking for too much. It is beautiful and poetic at times, while at other times being frustrating and vague. I suppose that’s life though, and thus that is what makes “Call Me by Your Name” so relatable.
Parents, there is some mild language and lots of strong, sexual content. Recommended for ages 17 and up.