Movie Review: Call Me By Your Name

Lavinia Huang

Call Me By Your Name is that movie that you can’t stop thinking about after you’ve watched it. This beautiful coming-of-age film is one to savor every second of its indulging romance, sensual scenery, and lovable characters. Based on the book by the same name, written by Andre Aciman, and directed by Luca Guadagnino, the film stars Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer who each deliver an amazingly appealing performance.

Oliver (Hammer) is a grad student staying with the Perlmans at their northern Italian countryside home for the summer to work on his academic paper alongside Elio Perlman’s (Chalamet) father, a professor of archaeology. At first Elio is not fond of Oliver because of his care-free, exuberant personality. However, they start spending time together, going for swims and long walks. Eventually they kiss, but Oliver is reluctant to go further. They are distant for a while but then they reconnect and their relationship ventures further, while keeping it a secret.

Call Me By Your Name may seem cheesy and romantic from the trailer but is truly great and uniquely romantic within itself.

“I love Call Me By Your Name. I never thought Armie Hammer could do romantic movies like this but I actually liked his character a lot,” said Emma Lynch ‘21.

This is one out of two of Chalamet’s first big feature films this year, alongside Lady Bird, both of which were nominated for Academy Awards. Starting as a small independent film that premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Call Me By Your Name began a limited release in the United States on November 24, 2017, before going wide on January 19, 2018.

“I love watching small independent movies like this and I’m so glad this one got the recognition it deserved,” said Nyla David ‘19.

It has already received many accolades including nominations for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Actor – for Motion Picture Drama (Chalamet), and Best Supporting Actor (Hammer) in the 2018 Golden Globe Awards. At the 90th Academy Awards (Oscars), the film was nominated for Best Actor (Chalamet) and Best Picture, and won Best Adapted Screenplay. Many students had their own opinions on the winners of the respective categories.

“I really thought Timothee Chalamet was going to win best actor. I didn’t see Gary Oldman in The Darkest Hour but Chalamet’s performance should have its own category just so he can win,” said Camryn Salter ‘18.

Timothée Chalamet in “Call Me by Your Name.” Credit Sony Pictures Classics