Call Me By Your Name is a 2007 novel written by André Aciman, that was turned into a film that I watched last night. I’m not even sure where to start but this is the best love story I’ve ever read in my life. The emotions and excitement from watching the film is still at an all-time high for me right now, so when I say I am over-the-moon about finding out that a sequel is coming…sigh. The story and every detail, inside.
Call Me By Your Name is a love story about a 17 year-old boy named Elio who meets a 24 year-old man named Oliver. Yes, the love story occurs between two men. Every summer Elio and his parents invite an American graduate student to stay at their Italian home to work as the father’s art assistant. In other words, Elio may have met many American boys and girls in the past, but there was something about Oliver that made him fall in love.
This story shows the emotions and insecurity one feels when they fall in love and those feelings are reciprocated. I adored this story because although it occurs between two men, I didn’t see gender. I was absolutely able to relate to Elio when he waited up for Oliver to come back home, or the insecurity he felt when he finally expressed his feelings. And definitely the sorrow he experienced when Oliver had to depart back to America.
This story is so well written and relatable that it has become my new favorite. I can’t tell you how many articles I’ve read, with hopes of finding out how this love story made others feel. While doing so, I found out that despite there not being a second book, the story of Elio and Oliver will live on, on-screen.
The film’s director, Luca Guadagnino, told ScreenDaily that fans can prepare for a sequel release in 2020. “I want to do a sequel because Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel – they are all gems,” he said.
This may sound confusing to those that have read the book and watched the film since both endings are different. *SPOILER ALERT* The book ends with Elio and Oliver reuniting a few times over the course of 20 years. Oliver has since married and had two sons. At the very end, Elio visits Oliver at one of his lectures. They later go for drinks at Elio’s hotel because even after 20 years, he hasn’t mustered the courage to go to Oliver’s house or meet his sons (his wife left him). The last conversation between them ends with Elio saying he’ll always remember what they had and that one day they reunite again, Oliver will Call Me Your Name And I’ll Call You By Mine. Ugk, I LOVE that line!
The movie ends *SPOILER ALERT* with Oliver calling Elio and his family to inform them of his engagement. 20 years has not gone by in the film; it’s more like two seasons. Though I was a little disappointed that the film didn’t show the years past and the relationship and feelings that maintained throughout time, now we do have more storyline for a sequel.
“The texture we built together is very consistent. We created a place in which you believe in the world before them. They are young but they are growing up. If I paired the age of Elio in the film with the age of Timothée, in three years’ time Timothée will be 25 as would Elio by the time the second story was set.” added Guadagnino.
Despite the magnificent monologue given by Elio’s father of him accepting the romance his son had with another man, Luca says Elio will not be gay in the sequel saying, ” “I don’t think Elio is necessarily going to become a gay man. He hasn’t found his place yet. I can tell you that I believe that he would start an intense relationship with Marzia.”
Marzia is the girl he had a romantic and sexual relationship with before consummating his relationship with Oliver. Though, most of the movie goers that watched Call Me By Your Name in the theater with me were gay, I cannot say that this is a gay love story. If Nola Darling can live a pansexual lifestyle, then so can Elio and Oliver. That, and the novel and movie never depicted the men as gay but just two humans that had a universal connection; which is why I was able to relate and fall in love with this story so much.
If you haven’t read the book or seen the film, I recommend doing both. It will take you back to the time you first fell in love.