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Call Me By Your Name is a 2017 coming-of-age film, directed by Luca Guadagnino and written by James Ivory, based on the novel of the same name by André Aciman.

Set in Northern Italy during the 1980s, Elio (Timothée Chalamet) is an average teenage boy expecting to spend another summer with an unknown American graduate student coming to work with his father, a professor (Michael Stuhlbarg).

When their guest turns out to be Oliver (Armie Hammer), an attractive college graduate who shares his Jewish heritage, Elio finds himself falling for a man, and learns the attraction may be mutual.

Call Me by Your Name received a wide release that November.

After the release of the film, Guadagnino discussed his plans for an overall series of five films that continue Elio's story into adulthood, which would cover topics like the AIDS Crisis, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the dissolution of the USSR Silvio Berlusconi's rise to power, and The Gulf War.

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Call Me By Your Name contains examples of the following tropes:

  • The '80s: The film is set in the summer of 1983. Booty shorts, pastels shirts and 80s music abound. Notably, The Psychedelic Furs' classic 1982 single, "Love My Way" serves as a kind of "arc theme".
  • Adaptational Alternate Ending: The film ends much earlier and slightly differently from the book, with Elio still a teenager, reflecting on their relationship. Aciman himself has stated after viewing it that he prefers the film's ending.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Guadagnino said he intends to to continue Elio's story in further sequels, in a way similar to Richard Linklater's Before trilogy or the Up documentary series. A hypothetical second installment would be shot and released by 2020, so that Chalamet would be the same age as Elio in the film's timeline.
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  • Adapted Out: Vimini doesn't appear in the film despite appearing often in Elio's memories of his time in Italy.
  • Age-Gap Romance: Downplayed in that there's only a seven-year difference between them, but visually, Oliver looks much older than Elio, played by the youthful Chalamet, despite both actors being only a few years older than their characters. This isn't helped by promotional materials and critics both describing Elio as, alternatively, a child or an adolescent.
  • Almost Holding Hands: When Elio and Oliver walk from the shop to the alley, there is a shot of their fingers slightly entwined without actually grasping hands, in deference to the discretion they had to live under.
  • Bi the Way: Despite their attraction to each other, Elio and Oliver both admire and sleep with women.
  • Chewing the Scenery: The married, motor-mouthed Italian couple who the Perlmans have over for lunch.
  • Closet Key: Elio was attracted to men in the past, but doesn't come to terms with his bisexuality until Oliver.
  • Creator Cameo: André Aciman, who wrote the novel this film is based on, appears in a cameo role as one of the two gay gentelmen.
  • Disposable Love Interest: Marzia to Elio.
  • Erotic Eating: The infamous peach scene. Elio essentially ejaculates inside a peach, which Oliver later offers to eat.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The scene with Oliver musing about the origin of the word "apricot" is there to validate him as an academic.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Elio muses on how Oliver isn't the first intern to develop a crush on him, and more than one male stranger has propositioned him.
  • First Love: Oliver is Elio's first love, and it shakes him to the core. Though Oliver has loved others before Elio, the feeling is no less mutual.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Mr. Perlman's appreciation for the buff statues that he studies could be a hint that he is attracted to men.
    • Also his sensitivity to calling the visiting gay couple 'Sonny and Cher.'
  • Gayngst: Oliver mentions that his mixed signals are because of an extremely homophobic father.
  • Good Parents: Elio genuinely loves his parents, who are caring and let him grow in his own way. Mr. Perlman even realizes the love between Elio and Oliver and encourages it.
  • Gratuitous French: The cast are primarily French and speak it amongst themselves in the film. Elio will speak French to Marzia and then go outside and switch to Italian.
  • Gratuitous Italian: Set in Italy, they also speak Italian fluently and sometimes switch languages mid-sentence.
  • Gratuitous German: And Elio's mother translates German poetry to him on one occasion, so this film is basically polyglot pornography.
  • I Kiss Your Foot: After Elio gets a bloody nose, Oliver gives him a secret foot massage, and then he kisses Elio’s foot.
  • Lover and Beloved: Along with the seven-year age difference between them, Oliver's academic status makes his relationship with the teenage Elio a modern example of this.
  • Male Gaze: As the audience is seeing things through Elio's perspective, there are many shots lingering over Oliver's body appreciatively.
  • No Antagonist: There is lots of conflict and angst, but no real "bad guy."
  • Open-Minded Parent: Mr. Perlman, who encourages Elio's feelings for Oliver, hinting that he, too, is attracted to men.
  • Operation: Jealousy: Elio often tries to make Oliver jealous, particularly by being in a relationship with Marzia, but Oliver reacts coldly to it and considers it childish.
  • Pop-Star Composer: Indie musician Sufjan Stevens wrote original songs for the movie.
  • Right Through His Pants: When Elio makes love to Marzia on the grass, he still has his pants on.
  • Scenery Porn: The novel's lush, detailed descriptions of the Italian Riviera come to life with the gorgeous cinematography used in the film.
  • Sexy Discretion Shot: When Elio and Oliver make out for the first time, the camera pans away to the open window.
  • Shipper on Deck: Mr. Perlman after the fact. He hints to Elio at knowing about their relationship and tacitly encourages Elio to treasure the time they had together.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Downplayed; Elio has some attraction to people who aren't Oliver, but his passion is still solely reserved for him. In the book, he never really moves on from it, even decades later.
  • Speed Sex: Elio comes prematurely when making love to one girl.
  • Straight Gay: Neither Elio nor Oliver have any stereotypically gay characteristics; it probably helps that the actors that play both characters are straight in real life.
  • The Stoic: Elio tries to feel nothing when Oliver announces his engagement, and attempts to move on too quickly from his first love. Mr. Perlman gives him a speech urging him to embrace the heartbreak.
  • Thematic Series: This film is considered the third of Guadagnino's "Desire" trilogy, alongside I am Love and A Bigger Splash.
  • Title Drop: "Call me by your name and I'll call you by mine." Also, the last five words of the novel.
  • Train-Station Goodbye: Elio sees Oliver off at a train station.
  • Tsundere: When Elio starts to feel attraction for Oliver, he behaves rather antagonistically, making fun of the way he says "Later!" and refusing to play Oliver's song request.
  • Twice Shy: Elio belatedly realizes that Oliver's hostile looks toward him weren't actually hostile at all, and it was merely a shy person's way of holding a gaze. He then comments on how they must be the two shyest people on the planet. It comes back to bite them when they consummate their passions too late to develop a full relationship.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: Shy, reserved Elio falls for the outspoken, carefree Oliver.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Chiara and Marzia just sort of disappear from the narrative after Oliver and Elio are done with them.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Oliver wears very short shorts, accentuated by Armie Hammer's long legs.
  • Wise Beyond His Years: Oliver sees Elio this way. "Is there anything you don't know?"

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