I agree with the criticism concerning how much more tame Elio's lust comes across than in the novel where it almost overwhelms. This could have been more explicitly queer but the restriction with nudity and sex actually emphasizes the sensual aspects of their cruising. Detail shots are quietly poetic and build the passion. I teared up throughout, choked up at the end and loved Luca's usual landscape as character.
I hope they don't cut down the running time from what I saw at Sundance. Be sure to stay through the credits and do NOT start looking at your phone, etc. The movie IS CONTINUING thru the credits. and it's an emotional scene. don't ruin it for others by staking, turning on your phone, etc. Stick with the movie.
Of the 27 films I saw at Sundance 2017 - Call Me By Your Name was hands down the best film. This is a remarkable work that will leave you stunned and hopelessly devastated. Few films ever resonate the way Call Me By Your Name does - regardless of your sexual orientation. Armie Hammer turns in his finest work to date. This is a flawless coming-of-age sexual awakening period piece that fires on all cylinders. Wonderful
It's simple and gorgeous and thoughtful in a way that made me think of Rohmer, but about an epic albeit short-lived gay romance. By the end of it I wanted to start wearing my Star of David again, something Elio begins to do after he notices it on Oliver. For Oliver it marks him as an outsider. For Elio it marks him as part of Oliver. For me it’s a little of both. Everyone wants to be alone in something with someone!
Pretty as a peach with an outstanding central performance by Timothée Chalamet riding the teenage emotional rollercoaster. & yet... is it just a bit too sweet? 2 nice middle class boys get it on in the Italian summer with nothing to do but eat, swim & ride bikes all day. The age gap adds a twist yet Armie Hammer is unconvincing in love & supporting characters' motives are baffling or swept aside. Lost in the edit?
Alongside Weekend and Moonlight, Call Me By Your Name is the greatest queer film I have seen in the past ten years. It's a gorgeous, quiet masterwork - Luca Guadagnino has given us something truly special here. I'll cherish this one for a long, long time as it's extremely human and very personal. Truly stunning work that deserves to be remembered, preserved, and celebrated for decades to come.