In a staggering year full of excellent, high-profile gay-themed movies (see also: Tom of Finland, Beach Rats, BPM (Beats Per Minute) and God’s Own Country) Call Me by Your Name stands as a massive, towering achievement. Not only did we name the movie #1 on our “Best Gay Movies of 2017” list, but Call Me By Your Name earned a spot on most reputable critical top ten lists for the year. It’s also currently nominated for several Academy Awards, including Best Picture. For any of you who were not able to catch it, we’re happy to announce that the film is coming to DVD and Blu-ray THIS WEEK. Click here to order your copy.
Directed by Luca Guadagnino and written by the great James Ivory, based on the 2007 novel of the same name by André Aciman, the film chronicles the romantic relationship between Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a 17-year-old living in Italy, and his father’s American assistant, Oliver (Armie Hammer). Check out the official synopsis and trailer below.
It’s the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Elio Perlman (Chalamet), a precocious 17- year-old American-Italian boy, 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 (Hammer), a charming American scholar 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.