Call Me by your Name

Call Me by your Name

DVD - 2018
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In 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a seventeen year-old student and the older man hired as his father's research assistant.
Audience: OFA rating: 14A.
Publisher: Culver City : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2018.
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Call
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (132 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm
Language Note: Described video for the visually impaired.
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
In English dubbed in French and Spanish with French and Spanish subtitles.

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VaughanPLDonnalee Jun 09, 2018

The Italian setting is very beautiful. The performances were authentic and heartfelt. It was a lovely film to watch. I also, however, found it very slow-paced and not a whole lot really happens. I also found the age different between the two main characters made it a little creepy.

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VaughanPLAlyssia May 31, 2018

This movie is impossibly beautiful, and I mean that in all ways: visually, emotionally, intellectually, etc. Timothée Chalamet gives an astounding, emotionally mature performance. It is a travesty that he didn’t win the Oscar. Am I in love with him? Maybe. Will this review just be me yelling abou... Read More »

A poignant coming-of-age drama set in 1980s Italy explores the budding relationship between seventeen-year-old Elio and Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who's working for Elio's father.


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mlkeen
Aug 04, 2018

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!

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steve1111
Jul 31, 2018

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!

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beckythecat1
Jul 16, 2018

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.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 11, 2018

Over the summer of 1973, a seventeen-year-old boy is vacationing with his family in Italy. While there, he encounters a doctorate student named Oliver who works for his father. Over the course of the summer, these two men develop profound feelings for one another and begin to explore things that they never have before. This romantic drama channels emotions from the LGBTQ community during this time frame, as well as the very human and innate feelings of love and attraction. I would rate this film 4.5/5 stars and recommend it to anyone who loves a good love story.
- @The_Reviewer of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Arwinstein
Jul 10, 2018

Kinda ich, the age difference between the two lovers had me slightly creeped out. I thought it not in good taste to be sleeping with your mentors young teenaged son. It would have worked better for me if they were closer in age and the older man wasn't working for the kids dad.

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richibi
Jul 10, 2018

extraordinary, a gay fantasy, a gay idyll, for anyone who might be ready for it, a cross between David Lean's "Summertime", with Katharine Hepburn, if anyone can remember that, and Leo Tolstoy, his profound moral punchline, the final father and son scene here is epough to knock anyone into pofound introspection, superb performances from everyone involved, with special mention to Arnie Hammer, hot, as in utterly steaming

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magentastorm
Jul 08, 2018

Couldn't wait for it to end. Two tedious hours watching two males ride their bikes....and equally boring sexual exploits.

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harlouwilson
Jul 01, 2018

There is nothing I can say about this movie that has not already been said, except maybe to say that everyone who gave it a one star review can lose my number. It blows my mind that people said this movie was boring because I didn't take my eyes off of the TV. I'm actually sad that I didn't get to see this in theaters. Timothee Chalamet was charming and captivating from the beginning, and while it took me awhile to care about Armie Hammer, midway through the movie, after the two have consummated their relationship, Hammer's facial expressions are what really drew me to him. These two actors, honestly almost everyone in this movie, could have talked with their eyes the entire film and I still would have watched. Yes, it was about rich white people in Italy, and sure, rich white people have been dominating film for so stupidly long, but it was also a tragic gay love story that was tragic with no help from outside forces. There's a documentary titled The Celluloid Closet that talks about the gay role throughout history, and how the gay character is typically either mocked, killed, or converted. Call Me By Your Name does not play by these rules, and it's refreshing to just watch a film about two people falling in love for the first time, and knowing that first love never lasts, but that it's still beautiful. So I lied, I had a lot to say. Whatever.

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Byond
Jun 19, 2018

Two hours and twelve minutes allows for a lot of detail, which is where the devil is, so its said. According to Freud, as far as I understand, it is not about love, it is about pleasure as people perceive it to be. Those going the love route might find the Prophet's thoughts born out here.

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)

On Love

Then said Almitra,
“Speak to us of Love.”
And he raised his head and looked upon the people, and there fell a
stillness upon them. And with a great voice he said:
When love beckons to you follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste
the garden.
For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for
your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches
that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to
the earth.
Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.
He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant;
And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred
bread for God’s sacred feast.
All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets
of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life’s heart.
But if in your fear you would seek only love’s peace and love’s pleasure,
Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out
of love’s threshing-floor,
Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your
laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love.
When you love you should not say, “God is in my heart,” but
rather, I am in the heart of God.”
And think not you can direct the course of love, if it finds you worthy,
directs your course.
Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day
of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a
song of praise upon your lips.

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andreajesse
Jun 17, 2018

There have not been a lot of good coming of age gay films and unfortunately this is not one either. It's too bad because there are some excellent elements. Timothée Chalamet hits all the right notes as the young man, Elio, struggling with his sexual desires. Armie Hammer, on the other hand, is fairly wooden (no pun intended). His character, Oliver, is first aloof and later fairly predacious. The setting of rural northern Italy is beautiful, but boring. The film seems to go on forever with young Elio falling harder and harder for the good-looking, but lackluster Oliver.

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atfrancis
Jun 09, 2018

"We rip out so much of ourselves to be cured faster that we go bankrupt by the age of 30 and have less to offer each time we start with someone new. But to make yourself feel nothing so as not to feel anything - what a waste." - Mr. Perlman

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atfrancis
Jun 09, 2018

"When you least expect it, nature has cunning ways of finding our weakest spot." - Mr. Perlman

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May 12, 2018

'We wasted so many days'- Elio Perlman

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Sam_Stewart
Apr 27, 2018

"Then let me say one more thing. It'll clear the air. I may have come close, but I never had what you two have. Something always held me back or stood in the way. How you live your life is your business, just remember, our hearts and our bodies are given to us only once. And before you know it, your heart is worn out, and, as for your body, there comes a point when no one looks at it, much less wants to come near it. Right now, there's sorrow, pain. Don't kill it and with it the joy you've felt. " - Mr. Perlman

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