“Call Me By Your Name” Opens Dec. 22 Midtown Art Cinema 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30308 www.landmarktheatres.com AMC Phipps Plaza 14 3500 Peachtree Road N.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30326 www.amctheatres.com/movie-theatres/ atlanta/amc-phipps-plaza-14 either. The actors had strict nudity clauses in their contracts and Guadagnino (deviating sharply from the script Ivory originally wrote) has refrained from showing much sex. For a film about sexual awakening, this feels tepid. Even the much-discussed (and racy) peach scene feels watered down.
In its Oscar pursuit, its producers have downplayed the gay angle a bit, calling this a universal love story instead of a gay one. Some of its ads in the U.K. have even straight-washed the film, promoting the relationship between Elio and Marzia instead.
“Call Me By Your Name” is memorable and worth seeing and discussing after. Yet in a year that has seen such bold and unapologetically queer films as “BPM,” “God’s Own Country,” “Battle of the Sexes” and “”Professor Marston and the Wonder Women,” it’s a shame that the highest-profile LGBT film of the year is so unwilling to embrace its own gay sensibility.
‘Call Me By Your Name’ is being talked about for several Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. (Photo courtesy Sony Classics)