Fragrant with Italian lemons and heartache, Call Me By Your Name (2017) is a coming-of-age film that won a string of nominations and awards at festivals and ceremonies across the world. Directed by Luca Guadagnino and written by James Ivory, this film is based in northern Italy in 1983, and follows a romantic relationship between 17-year-old Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet) and his father and professor’s 24-year-old graduate-student assistant Oliver (Armie Hammer).
If you haven't watched it yet, prepare for, in response to your admission, a collective gasp in any room. If you have watched it already, you know you want to again. It's a good thing then, that the film is making its Indian TV debut on &Privé HD this Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 1 pm and 9 pm. Call your lovers and miss your ex-lovers, invite your family and friends, because there’s a lesson in here for everyone.
And don't just take our word for it. Here are 7 reasons to watch the movie, as told to us by filmmakers, and LGBTQI artists and activists.
1. To Watch One Of The Most Poignant Love Stories Ever Made: Parmesh Shahani, head of Godrej Culture Lab and LGBTQ activist believes that everyone should watch this film, queer or straight. "This is one of the deepest, and most poignant love stories ever captured on film. It’s the possibility of desire, creating new worlds and learning how to live and love in them. I urge everyone, queer or straight to go and watch this film. There’s an Elio inside us all. Let him out."
2. To Watch A Beautiful Coming of Age Story Unravel: For producer, director and writer, Vishesh Bhatt, says, "This is a real coming of age experience that touches the core struggles of self discovery through blurred lines of sexual orientation. Profound but friendly."
3. To Be Part Of Someone Else's Italian Summer, Even If Just For A Moment: Filmmaker Danish Aslam who recently directed two web series, It's Not That Simple and Timeout, writes to us in between shots. "You sit down to watch Call Me By Your Name for the ethereal love story, but you leave it with an overwhelming memory of an Italian summer that you know isn't yours but still feels as viscerally real as if it were. That, and Timothée Chalamet's face staring into the fire - one of the most heartbreaking endings ever."
4. For A Lesson In Parenting: Durga Gawde, artist, educator, activist and drag- king watched the movie a couple of months ago, and was particularly touched by the protagonist's parents. "A lot of queer films are very sad; they portray pain and fear and judgment. All of that is true – it’s something we all have gone through while coming out. But what's refreshing about Call Me By Your Name is that it is also a family oriented film, and it makes me so happy to watch queer films that portray supportive parents, ones that mirror mine. More than the movie's protagonist, it's the parents’ characters that really did it for me. Overall, this film is just really fantastic and everyone should go watch it."
5. For A Love Story That Transcends Sexuality: Radio presenter and LGBTQI champion Rohini Ramanathan says she “cried buckets” when she watched this film. "Heartbreak is such a universal feeling. Call Me By Your Nametranscends its characters, their language, age, sexuality to become an essay of longing, desire and heartache. Without giving away much, I just want to say this: the best closing scene of a film I have ever seen."
6. To Understand Consent: Jason Arland, actor and model, watched the film early this year right after a break up. “Heartbreak is the best teacher; young kids should watch Call Me By Your Name to understand why they need to go through it, and older kids should watch it to remember what it taught them. It’s also a great film for teenagers – queer or straight - to watch with their parents, so they can together understand consent, sexuality and support. I am one of those privileged kids who does not have a coming out story. Being queer was so normal in my home growing up, that it didn’t require a discussion, so I really related with the parents’ characters in this movie.”
7. Understand Yourself Better: Rohan Agnani, baker and fashion designer says Call Me By Your Namemade him think of the exact moment he found out he was gay. “The scene in the movie where the protagonist has an epiphany is very relatable for me. It seems like a simple, almost insignificant moment, but it’s basically a prelude to this beautiful love story.”
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