Call the Love by Your Name

Like sushi, love is best served raw.

That’s the thing that popped into my mind after I watched that movie Call Me by Your Name by Luca Guadagnino. It didn’t take long for me to read the book that inspired the movie–published in 2007, written by André Aciman. I am touched by every scene in the movie and I am mesmerized by Aciman’s exquisite writings.


You see, It’s such a rare thing to find a great book being adapted into a movie without losing a little of its core message and theme. Similar to the book, the movie Call Me by Your Name successfully depicted the freshness of the youth, the troubling feeling of a first love, the yearning for connection, the longing of touch, the stinging pain of insecurity, and the constant self-questioning of Does the object of your affection feels the same way?

Lucky for the main character, 17-year-old boy Elio, the love that he felt at the start of his summer holiday is as raw as it could be. The attraction is instant, the infatuation follows, and then the fantasies kick in, and everything is history. The majestic setting of a rustic-yet-cozy vacation home located in the rural part of Italy added more richness to Elio’s feelings. Come on, thinking about your crush while sitting by your private backyard pool? Wondering your crush’s smile while gulping a homemade apricot juice? Deliberately teasing your crush with your piano plays? Who doesn’t want that?

Lucky if you ever have what Elio had that summer–even if it’s minus the apricot juice, the backyard pool, the smell of Italy grass, you can still be considered fortunate because at least, you still have that raw love we’ve been talking about.

Well, I hope it’s raw because that’s how a sushi first love should be. Call Me by Your Name told me so, for an instance, this is my favorite passage from the book:

I liked it when our feet were aligned, left with left, and struck the ground at the same time, leaving footprints on the shore that I wished to return to and, in secret, place my foot where his had left its mark.

Read this too:

But I wasn’t fooling myself. I was convinced that no one in the world wanted him as physically as I did; nor was anyone willing to go the distance I was prepared to travel for him. No one had studied every bone in his body, ankles, knees, wrists, fingers, and toes, no one lusted after every ripple of muscle, no one took him to bed every night and  on spotting him in the morning lying in his heaven by the pool, smiled at him, watched a smile come to his lips, and thought, Did you know I came in your mouth last night?

Oh, Elio, you naughty hormonal little rascal.

Love is raw, everyone. Sexual attraction and sexual fantasies are part of the plan. Yes, Elio’s a he and he’s talking about another man and that’s what makes the story even more addictive: an intriguing obstacle.


By the way, the book contains hundreds and hundreds of quotable quotes, I could go on and on about this, so I’m going to stop at this point.

Or maybe one more quote won’t hurt:

Call me by your name and I’ll call you by mine.

That’s how sweet and intimate this book and movie is. I hope you are calling someone by your name right now, I’m still looking for mine, calling it by my name wouldn’t be effective, I have to call him by his real name first, that’s how a proper introduction works.

Enjoy the sushi,



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