Italy, 1983. Oliver is a doctoral student who comes to deal with Mr. Perlman, the father of 17-year-old Elio Perlman in the throes of his self-discovery as a young man. The beautiful Italian villa and the sun-drenched summer season environments start to assist in a growing prohibited love in between Elio and the much older Oliver. Like all forbidden summer flings, it can’t last … much to the enthusiastic young Elio’s deep sadness. It’s an amazingly poignant coming-of-age drama from director Luca Guadagnino, and it’s also among the finest examples of a heartbreaking last scene stressed by a smart title card placement.
In the movie, Elio and Oliver check out Bergamo together, quickly prior to Oliver returns to the U.S. Months later on, Oliver calls Elio’s household to tell them that he’s now engaged to marry a female. A troubled Elio speaks on the phone to Oliver, who refuses to deny what took place between them however who is, for individual factors, moving on from his authentic feelings. The call concludes, and the audience sees Elio staring into the fire as his heart breaks (far from the prying eyes of his family). After a long, beautiful, poignant take, we see the credits at the 2 hour, 8 minute mark. The title, “Call Me By Your Name,” remembers the set’s connection (reflecting an ongoing romantic signal they ‘d established), and its existence here enhances Elio’s deep heartbreak.