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wonderfully told and acted... so real. Who wouldn't want parents like Elio!
This movie was definitely an amazing adaptation of the book. The story captures disquieting youthful obsessions, the tendency to feel absolutely everything, and the self absorbed self conscious fantasies that can take over a young mind in the midst of young love. The amazing acting brought to life the engrossing sensuality of the story.
A coming of age love story? I agree with beckythecat1. “I was uncomfortable with the reactions of the father. He said this was a good experience for his son. What? With so much discussion of older men using power over younger women and men. This was not romantic. It was an older man seducing a young BOY. In Italy this is okay? This is okay as a grad student? The boy was still confused at the end of the film.”
I don't see what the appeal of this film was. The scenery was great, but the story was slow and subject matter a little creepy.
I frankly don't understand why so many people are so ecstatic about this movie. No matter how well-acted, no matter how exquisite the Italian setting, no matter how beautifully shot, no matter how sensual the music, this is still just a story of a mature adult man seducing a teen aged boy. Substitute a teen aged girl for that boy and it's just plain creepy. If the borderline pedophilia doesn't bother you, then let me add that there is an America Pie-style scene with a peach standing in for the apple pie, but is taken to another level of cringe. At least the director of American Pie had the good grace to play it for laughs.
I really cannot say enough on this one. I'll start by stating that, personally, I'm a bit weary of the multitude of special interest pieces in this day and age. I think they're fine, especially if they work, but I tend to find that most just do not. What's really great about Luca Guadagnino's film is that the story and characters are so much better than most LGBT pieces. This is the reason it surpasses special interest groups. I felt satisfied to finally see a good drama that simply happened to be LGBT. I know there's that knee-jerk desire to get socio-political with any minority issue, but a good story is simply a good story. This has some of the best performances of the year, especially Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer (my pick for Best Supporting Actor, along with accolades for the film's script and song). The look and feel of the film puts you back into the early 80s better than any of the kitsch works over the years. Having been the age of Chalamet's character at the time, I know this by experiencing. For 2017 (the ACTUAL date of the film), this is a beautiful work that is only surpassed by Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Phantom Thread", I feel.
The movie was long and boring.....lost interest within the first hour....the scenery of northern Italy is just beautiful...kept watching but had to fast forward a few times....
Before viewing the movie I had heard many rave reviews. Unfortunately, I do not agree with most of those rave reviews. I do think the movie was ok but there were several things that bothered me. The most obvious to me was the miscasting of Armie Hammer. His character is supposed to be 24 years old. There is no way he is believable as a 24 year old, not only because of his physical looks, but the dialogue for this character is not that of a 24 year old. The subject matter is interesting but it is extremely slow moving and if you know nothing about the story prior to viewing, one can be a bit confused when the issue of the young boy's attraction to the older character first comes up. I also felt the ending was a bit too contrived. The production values are very good but I can only rate this movie as just ok. I give it 2.5 stars.
With James Ivory's name on the credits I thought this had to be good. Having watched it I've no idea how it got an Academy nomination. Or perhaps looking at its competitors is the clue. Dialogue at the level of a daytime sitcom, plot that strains credibility, acting equally poor, the whole thing mirrors third rate TV, not life.
To counter the Armie Hammer haters out there, I picked up this DVD without knowing anything about the plot (only knowing that Armie was in it. Plus, you can never lose with Michael Stuhlbarg). I believed every second of Armie's performance.
Elio, Elio, Elio, Elio.
Very good cast,but no doubt the young lead actor stands out amoung all. He is a natural!!! Armie Hammer over plays his part. Watch out for the lead,"Timothy" better things are to come his way
I don't understand the Oscar nomination for Best Picture for this film. There just wasn't much of a story here, certainly not enough for the time allotted to tell it. Two young men fall in love, one is seventeen, the other a little older but it is not going to be a committed relationship. So there is some point to that as explained at the end of the film by the father of the 17 year old, how great it was that they were able to experience this kind of love even temporarily and so forth. Overall, the film was slow and mostly boring but had beautiful actors and location.
This movie was devasting and gorgeous and beautiful and profound and sweet and lovely. And no, I'm not being hyperbolic or contradictory. The acting, cinematography, and keen-eyed direction from Luca Guadagnino ensured this kind of praise and more. It's a story about first love told in a delicate and sensual way. There are many quiet moments in the film, but the chemistry between the two young actors, their longing and confusion around their budding romance, fill in all the silent gaps between dialogue. It's also so beautiful to look at, as it was shot on site in Italy. The golden, sunny countryside is so inviting. Don't be surprised if you are swept away to the first time you fell in love (or got your heart broken) when you watch this movie. *swoon*
If you are looking for a movie about pseuds, you needn't look further.
After the 15 minute mark, I was hoping that the golfers from Michael Haneke's "Funny Games" would arrive and illustrate their "knee-driver" technique. Later, the whole family could be given lessons (including the (oh so) lovable Olly) in swimming in the local pond while being tied, gagged and weighted.
Unfortunately, my hopes were dashed and I had to endure Pa's lecture on the lovable Olly and the tribulations of life to the sobbing Elio. So sad!
A weak love story of two young boy/man taking place in a beautiful environment in northern Italy. Slow but there is good acting moments.
This movie was one of the best I have watched ever. It does not go in the typical direction of GLBTQA movies, with the typical fluffy happy ending...
There were a few odd things, like the age difference, 17 to maybe 24? What 7 years difference, not that big of a deal as my grandparents are 7 years apart, she was 15 he was 22 with a newborn baby.... The odd part with the age, is maybe the laws are different in Italy than the USA, and probably different between Italy's 1983 laws and 2018 laws as well. The parents did not have a problem with it, neither did the couple. They even talk about Oliver trying to give Elio clues he was interested, but when shrugged off, Oliver felt as if he was inappropriate, turns out it wasn’t... Also with the hush, hush, they are in PUBLIC talking about sleeping together, but then go into the talk of regret and how Elio says he wouldn't get Oliver into any trouble. So it is a bit confusing as to the legality of the relationship is it legal or not?
The story line is believable, reminded me of my first relationship, one minute it’s on, the next it is off as both don't want to get hurt, but do anyway. The few sad parts I felt, is the fact Elio used the girl twice... Why do that to her if you know you want him??? The part I felt showed the relationship to be more serious to Elio is when he is with the girl, not nervous not shy, just like a mission to do, however when Elio is about to have his first encounter with Oliver, he says he is nervous, he is very reserved as it means more to him. The movie does have the double standard, during the encounters of male/female they show more than when the encounters of male/male, not talking about graphic, but the camera always seemed to move away... But that could be due to the actors comfort zones, as they are straight playing gay.... The second part was the lack of communication at the final moments before Oliver boards the train... If I was in either persons place it wouldn't have been like that.
Then the phone rings.... I wanted to jump in the movie and pull Oliver through the phone. To not only break Elio’s heart, but to call up during the holidays to rub SALT into that wound, I was hoping for the call to be a ruse to let Elio think Oliver was out of the country, to see Oliver walking in the front door... I was disappointed but not all love stories can have that happy ending.
This movie is well worth the time, for those that LOOK for the deeper meanings, not just the typical fluff.
The acting felt forced and awkward throughout the film.The passion between characters falls flat.
It needs a good remake with some seasoned actors and a great director.
I see many other people had the same response I did! I was so looking forward to this film, and then I quickly got bored and didn't finish it.
Wanted to see this movie to see what all the acclaim was about. I knew it was about a gay romance, so I was not surprised or put off by the story line. What I can't get over is how utterly boring it was! Seriously...a total snooze fest! Painfully slow...I kept watching because I had to believe it would get interesting; however, it never did! The great love story that everyone talks about just did not come across for me! The only good thing about this movie was the beautiful scenery as it is set in Italy! But, seriously, don't waste your time!
Is this movie "cinematic bliss," "lovely and wise", "wonderfully paradoxical," or just a load of shite?!!!!!!!!!!!! You be the judge for this guy can only visualize what might happen if some horny dude tried the old "come on" in my direction. But seriously folks - do your research regards this picture and don't be sold on the accolades that accompany the DVD. It may be worth noting that "Call Me By Your Name" is the third entry of a motion picture trilogy. I suspect those who found this a riveting movie experience have their reasons so as always you pays your money and you takes your chances!
I was uncomfortable with the reactions of the father. He said this was a good experience for his son. What? With so much discussion of older men using power over younger women and men. This was not romantic. It was an older man seducing a young BOY. In Italy this is okay? This is okay as a grad student? The boy was still confused at the end of the film.