Review: Call Me by Your Name

Author: Maeve Nelson


Call Me by Your Name is a coming of age movie about the honest love story of two men and considered to be one of the greatest films of 2017. The film, based on the book of the same title by André Aciman, features Timothée Chalamet as Elio, the 17-year-old Jewish American-Italian, and Armie Hammer as Oliver, Elio’s father’s Jewish American assistant.


You are immediately entered into the lives of the characters who are spending the summer of 1983 in northern Italy. To them, this summer is going to be like every other—Elio’s father invites a student to stay at their home in northern Italy to study and act as his assistant. Elio, who is a very talented musician, spends his time reading books and transcribing and practicing classical music on the piano.

“Call me by your name

and I’ll call you by mine.”

The first hour of the movie is spent following the two main characters through their parallel lives, where the two actors spend their days at the villa and their nights on the town, each with his respective female love interests. Eventually, Elio and Oliver discover their feelings for each other, and it is from here that the film truly starts.


During a matter of days, the couple grows incredibly close. In bed, Oliver asks Elio to, “Call me by your name and I’ll call you by mine.” Throughout the movie, the soundtrack, which varies from Johann Bach to Sufjan Stevens, acts as a narrator, mimicking the passion and emotion that is being translated through the characters, amplifying these actions.


By the end of the movie, you are left feeling as though nothing has happened, yet everything has. It tells the story of hearts burning for each other, to breaking, and healing, which leaves you wanting nothing more.


Call Me by Your Name will be showing at the Ross Theater from January 19 through February 8. More information about showtimes and tickets can be found here.

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