Call Me by Your Name

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME wears its impeccable pedigree (literary, from the novel by Andre Aciman, and cinematic, with a screenplay by James Ivory of Merchant-Ivory Productions) on its picture-perfect sleeve. In the summer of ’83 in bucolic northern Italy, where erudites of the academic leisure class seamlessly switch languages between sips of grappa, their 17-year-old music prodigy son (Timothee Chalamet) finds himself under the same country villa roof as a brash, handsome American grad student (Armie Hammer). Chemistry soon overrides caution…. It would all be a bit too much—an intellectual’s ultimate gay coming-of-age fantasy—if not for the natural flow of the romance and the heartfelt performances. Love here is difficult, as sweet and sticky as a fruit well-used and ripened in the Tuscan sun. —YSM

4 responses to “Call Me by Your Name”

  1. Mary P says:

    I waited to be swept away but was mildly moved. Not a bad thing, to be sure. It did make me nostalgic for the summer of ’83.

    • CF Cooper says:

      Yeah, that seems to be the general reaction. GOD’S OWN COUNTRY is the better of the two current gay romances. By far.

      • Christopher T. says:

        I agree with you, Chris. GOD’S OWN COUNTRY has much more on its mind and is a remarkably beautiful (and odd) gay love story. I was captivated and surprised by it throughout. CMBYM has Timothee Chalamet, though, in his break-out role. His was one of the most spectacular debuts that I have ever seen = onstage, at the Manhattan Theatre Club in John Patrick Shanley’s PRODIGAL SON in 2016. I knew he was the real thing. And his performance in CMBYN (along with Armie’s, of course) astounded me.

  2. Ed John says:

    I agree with the larger social media who have made Timothee Chalamet the break out star of the year for his portrayal of a young man who comes to love a somewhat older grad student Armie Hammer in, I agree, a fanciful setting perfect for a gay romance. The drama appeals to gay men not afraid of a bit of sophistication.In a league with Broke Back Mountain, I personally found it the best movie of the year.

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