CALL ME BY YOUR NAME will Warm the Cockles of Your Heart

It is quite rare to see a movie so intelligent and beautiful as CALL ME BY YOUR NAME these days. Even rarer for me is seeing a movie that immediately takes the title as greatest gay film of all time, something BEAUTIFUL THING has held for a couple of decades. CALL ME BY YOUR NAME is a film so appropriate for the time, a movie that hopefully shows progress in the world for heterosexual and homosexual people alike. A love story so pure that it transcends gay and just becomes a love story. This cinematic masterpiece releases on Boxing Day in Australia (26th Dec) and will be showing at art-house/ independent cinemas – it demands a viewing – it will reach inside and hug your heart.


Call Me By Your Name Timothée Chalamet image
Timothée Chalamet




CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, by Luca Guadagnino, is a sensual and transcendent tale of first love, based on the acclaimed novel by André Aciman. (I NEED to read this book!).

It’s the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a precocious 17- year-old young man, spends his days in his family’s 17th century villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading, and flirting with his friend Marzia (Esther Garrel). Elio enjoys a close relationship with his father (Michael Stuhlbarg), an eminent professor specializing in Greco-Roman culture, and his mother Annella (Amira Casar), a translator, who favor him with the fruits of high culture in a setting that overflows with natural delights. While Elio’s sophistication and intellectual gifts suggest he is already a fully-fledged adult, there is much that yet remains innocent and unformed about him, particularly about matters of the heart.

One day, Oliver (Armie Hammer), a 24 year-old American college graduate student working on his doctorate, arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of the setting, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.


Call Me By Your Name Timothée Chalamet image
Timothée Chalamet



A gay film with a 7yr age gap, is it a gay Lolita? Not even close. It’s a somewhat coming of age story that is so subtle and so incredibly heartfelt that it will touch your soul. CALL ME BY YOUR NAME for me was my nostalgic youth set in a much nicer part of the world. It is a keepsake film of time past. It will remind and rekindle that first true love. Something brief, passionate, about discovery and tenderness, and at the same time fleeting and you know it will end but you stay with it because something this good, even so brief, is one of the greatest things one can have in life.

Even thinking of this movie again turns me to jelly, it truly hugged my soul. Bravo to director Luca Guadagnino, you crafted a timeless classic.

Everything about this movie oozed perfection for me. From the direction, the setting, the story, the acting, the music, the screenplay, the score and on and on. It was one of those films where the planets of cinema aligned to give us the film equivalent of an eclipse. If you are a straight person watching this and are a little homophobic, it will be like a movie with subtitles, after ten or so minutes the fact that it is two guys will seem irrelevant as the film is pure raw humanity. The two protagonists aren’t the be all and end all of the movie, Elio’s parents help craft the Gay Utopian world of CALL ME BY YOUR NAME.


Call Me By Your Name Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet image
Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet



Timothée Chalamet’s performance is the single greatest of 2017. You may know him as Matthew McConaughey’s son from INTERSTELLAR or from HOMELAND – where he starred in the 2012 season. His performance in CALL ME BY YOUR NAME exceeded all expectation and organically captured youth and innocence. Possibly one of the greatest coming of age performances in a role that would be incredibly difficult to perform and went places not many teen boys would be comfortable to go. Chalamet more than gave his all in a performance that may have him terrified of peaches for the rest of his life haha. He came out of nowhere for this role and if he doesn’t get an Oscar nomination the Academy can go and suck a used peach!

Armie Hammer was his perfect co-star. So gentle, so gorgeous and so naturally seductive. I would turn to butter around him too! Likewise Elio’s parents; Michael Stuhlbarg and Amira Casar, the perfect parents. So affluently and academically bohemian and with an understanding beyond humanity’s years. 


I want to discuss the father and the final father-son speech. Was Elio’s father gay? And married because of the time he lived and for what was expected. Elio asks him “does mum know?” I have had a discussion about this and the opposing person claimed that related to Elio but based on what his father said prior I disagree. And of course his mother knew – even Elio knew his mother knew – he called HER to collect him when Oliver departed. If anyone wants to discuss send me a message – I need to see it again!!


Call Me By Your Name Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet image
Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet



There is no harm in spoiling this annual surprise – CALL ME BY YOUR NAME is my favourite film of 2017 and will be at the top of the TOP 20 list. It is old school cinematic brilliance that is all charm and innocent heart. It is flawless. SEE IT.





 owns, writes and edits Salty Popcorn and Spooning Australia. He is a movie, food, restaurant, wine, chocolate, bacon, burger and brussels sprouts addict. He is a member of the Australian Film Critics Association and has been in the  industry for 26yrs. Furthermore he loves watching people trip over and is Leonardo DiCaprio’s biggest fan. 

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