My Thoughts While Watching:
- Is he aloof or just a douche.
- Is he grooming this boy?
- This is from 1983
- How old are the girls? I know there is a stir because this is a man with a boy but how old is the girl he had sex with?
- His parents are intellectuals. He has been able to thrive under such warm, caring smart parents.
- Even with the bravado of the girl and saying he could have sex whenever, his dad still knows.
- At the end, looking into the fireplace – did he purposely break the fourth wall?
I have issues with the age difference. Especially in a time when we are trying to protect our young people with the #MeToo initiatives. I struggle with knowing whether this is a “on the cusp of adulthood and trying to find himself” with “this dude is taking advantage of a kid in his hosts’ home”. I don’t know. This is one I will mull over for a while.
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IMDB Synopsis: In 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a seventeen year-old student and the older man hired as his father’s research assistant
Additional Movie Info:
It received a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 96% Fresh. It received a Rotten Tomato audience rating of 86% liking it. Average Rating: 4.3/5 with a number of User Ratings: 11,284.
Specs: Release date: 19 January 2018 (USA) / Runtime: 132 minutes / Budget: $40 pounds
- The entire film (including the opening credits) was shot with a single 35mm lens.
- There was only one rehearsal before shooting. In multiple interviews, Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer said that director Luca Guadagnino asked them one day to come outside to do a rehearsal in the backyard of the villa. They walked to a patch of grass and flipped their scripts to a randomly selected scene to practice. When they opened the script, the page only read, “Elio and Oliver roll around in the grass making out.” Chalamet and Hammer looked at each other and said, “Alright, let’s go!” Just seconds into the making out scene, however, Guadagnino stepped in and directed them to act more “passionately.” So they started making out and continued to do so, and no one told them to stop. Eventually, the two actors stopped, looked around and realized Guadagnino had just walked away, leaving them rolling around in the grass. This was their only rehearsal.
- During an interview at the BFI London Film Festival in October 2017, director Luca Guadagnino said he had already planned to film at least one sequel to Call Me by Your Name (2017), “I want to do a sequel because Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel–they are all gems. The texture we built together is very consistent. We created a place in which you believe in the world before them. They are young but they are growing up. If I paired the age of Elio in the film with the age of Timothée, in three years’ time Timothée will be 25, as would Elio by the time the second story was set.” This would mean that the sequel would be released in 2020. In the source novel, Elio and Oliver do meet again fifteen years after their first encounter, but Guadagnino said that the plot of his sequel would not necessarily follow the coda in the novel.
- In the book, Elio is 17 years old and Oliver is 24. Timothée Chalamet was 20 years old when the film was shot, while Armie Hammer was 29. The film is set in Italy, and the age of consent in the country is 14.
- Producer Peter Spears said the film is dedicated to Bill Paxton, stating, “My husband, Brian Swardstrom, was Bill’s best friend and agent for almost his entire career. Brian and Bill came to visit us in the set while we were away filming in Crema, Italy, on their way to Cannes where Bill had a movie premier. Bill and Luca became friends, as they had been great admirers of each other’s work for many years, and Luca decided to honor his memory by dedicating the movie to him. A very moving gesture for which Brian and I will be forever grateful.”
- In the scene where Elio is waiting for Oliver (‘Futile devices’ playing in the background), the film has light bleeding into it and you can see the sprocket holes. This was an accident which the Director decided to keep as it gives the scene an ephemeral quality.