For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.
8.0
/10
4,271 Ratings

Call Me by Your Name

Directed by Luca Guadagnino
Italy, France, 2017
Drama, Romance, LGBT+

Synopsis

A slowly ripening, tentative romance blooms between Elio, an American teen on the verge of discovering himself, and Oliver, the handsome older grad student whom his professor father has invited to their Italian vacation home over the course of a summer. Adapted from the novel by André Aciman.

Our take

Abundant in aching, amorous desire, this coming-of-age romance proved a breakthrough for both Luca Guadagnino and its lovesick star Timothée Chalamet. Adapted by James Ivory and realized in sumptuous cinematography from Sayombhu Mukdeeprom (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives).

Call Me by Your Name Directed by Luca Guadagnino

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2018 | 3 nominations including: Best Picture

2018 | Winner: Best Adapted Screenplay

Independent Spirit Awards

2018 | 5 nominations including: Best Supporting Male

2018 | 2 wins including: Best Male Lead

Guadagnino finally reels in his penchant for the immoderately sensational to arrive at the truly sensual.
December 31, 2017
Read full article
He also charms everyone almost instantly–except for the awkward adolescent Elio, who at first views this swaggering interloper with a mingling of contempt and envy. What unfolds between them is, in Guadagnino’s hands, a kind of languorous hypnotism, a meeting of spiritual ardor and tender physicality.
November 30, 2017
Read full article
There are moments when Mr. Guadagnino’s visual choices seem unintentionally in competition with the quieter, intricate emotions that his actors put across so movingly. He can be discreet to the point of coyness (bodies sweat but don’t necessarily grunt), but it is finally the insistent delicacy and depth of emotion that makes these characters so heart-skippingly tender.
November 22, 2017
Read full article

What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film Call Me by Your Name

    Call me By Your Name. By my name. By our name. Call me names. Any names. Just call me. Think of me. Let summer last our whole life. Let them abs remain unaltered as our minds read Greek poems or german translations of French novels. Let us dance till we fall. Fall till we're hold. Puke till we're rescued. Love till it hurts. Hurt till it scars. Live till it ends. It will, but we rode bikes, ate apricots&swam in love.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Call Me by Your Name

    Even if you're allergic to that arthouse subgenre about European bourgeois intellects who have nothing to do with their summer except philosophize about western civilization and fuck, you owe it to yourself to check out this lovely film. It's a work of generosity, a showcase for everyone involved where no one hogs the spotlight, and it makes the case that the only way to live life is to open yourself to all emotions.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Call Me by Your Name

    Totally get the criticism of this film existing in an ossified world of privilege, one that's as unrelatable as a perfume ad—but sometimes part of the pleasure of watching a movie is taking a vacation, and by that criteria this was the bittersweet trip to Northern Italy that I didn't want to end. In its own way, this is as stylistic a period piece as Luca Guadagnino's "Suspiria" remake from the following year.

  • VincentVendetta's rating of the film Call Me by Your Name

    Between this and Portrait de la jeune fille en feu, it is very worrying to see this young generation so enamoured with their old daddy's cinema, hopelessly safe and bourgeois. It's like a Rohmer movie without the irony or the subversive touch; rich and cultivated people being rich and cultivated.

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Call Me by Your Name

    I don't understand those who reject here this film because, according to them, it idealizes reality. Stop me if you want but it seems to me that 90% of the annual cinema production idealizes reality and I don't see why a gay film shouldn't do that. Strongly recommended.

  • Roscoe's rating of the film Call Me by Your Name

    Snivelling little teen weepie fantasy for skittish straight people who want to pat themselves on the back for being A-OK With The Gays as long as they don't have to watch one of them get fucked up the ass and act like he likes it. For an actual depiction of a young man's recognition of his homosexuality, check out BEACH RATS, which actually has something to do with life on earth.

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Call Me by Your Name

    Quite an original narrative to gay romance aided by a naturalist aesthetic. This is transformed into an ontology of a normality, as spontaneous, as socially uncalibrated -over and above the family's and Oliver's academically liberal yet upper middle-class veneer- as unreflective as plantlike nature can be. This blossoming comes across with ingenuity with no risk of idealization of the ability to defy one's habitus.

  • Filipe F. Coutinho's rating of the film Call Me by Your Name

    A beautiful film, and certainly not a surprise to Guadgnino fans. The filmmaker has a special way of framing and directing emotions, which without ever getting too close, convey the intangible beauty of intimacy between people who truly love each other. Contrary to popular opinion, I prefer Hammer's performance, even though Chalamet's physicality is undoubtedly something to behold. Still, this is Stuhlbarg's show.

Related films