Call Me by Your Name (2017) quotes

Director
Luca Guadagnino.

Cast
Armie Hammer.
Timothée Chalamet.
Michael Stuhlbarg.

In 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a seventeen year-old student and the older man hired as his father’s research assistant.

We rip out so much of ourselves to be cured of things faster than we should that we go bankrupt by the age of thirty and have less to offer each time we start with someone new. But to make yourself feel nothing so as not to feel anything – what a waste!
– Mr. Perlman

When you least expect it, nature has cunning ways of finding our weakest spot.
– Mr. Perlman

They know about us.
– Elio
I figured.
– Oliver
How?
– Elio
From the way your dad spoke to me, he made me feel like a part of the family, almost like a son-in-law. You’re so lucky! My father would have carted me off to a correctional facility.
– Oliver
Elio. Elio, Elio, Elio, Elio, Elio, Elio, Elio, Elio…
– Elio
Oliver. I remember everything.
– Oliver

I thought that he did not like me
– Elio

You two had a nice friendship.
– Mr. Perlman
Yeah…
– Elio
You’re too smart not to know how rare, how special what you two had was.
– Mr. Perlman
Oliver was Oliver.
– Elio
Parce-que c’etait lui, parce-que c’etait moi.
– Mr. Perlman
Oliver may be very intelligent but…
– Elio
Oh no, no, no. He was more than intelligent. What you two had, had everything and nothing to do with intelligence. He was good. You were both lucky to have found each other, because you too are good.
– Mr. Perlman
I think he was better than me. I think he was better than me.
– Elio
I’m sure he’d say the same thing about you. Which flatters you both.
– Mr. Perlman

Malfada? Mom? Yeah, it’s me. Yeah, everything’s fine, I’m at the station in Clusone. Listen, Mom, can you…
– Elio
Can you come get me, mom?
– Elio

Maybe it made sense when you wrote it.
– Elio

Cinema is a mirror of reality and it is a filter.
– Art Historian 2

Have I spoken out of turn? Then I’ll say one more thing. It’ll clear the air. I may have come close, but I never had what you two have. Something always held me back or stood in the way. How you live your life is your business, just remember, our hearts and our bodies are given to us only once. And before you know it, your heart is worn out, and, as for your body, there comes a point when no one looks at it, much less wants to come near it. Right now, there’s sorrow, pain. Don’t kill it and with it the joy you’ve felt.
– Mr. Perlman
Does mom know?
– Elio
I don’t think she does.
– Mr. Perlman

I’m sick, aren’t I?
– Elio
I wish everyone was as sick as you.
– Oliver

I don’t want you to go.
– Elio

Is there anything you don’t know?
– Oliver
I know nothing, Oliver.
– Elio
Well, you seem to know more than anyone else around here.
– Oliver
Well, if you only knew how little I really know about the things that matter.
– Elio
What “things that matter?”
– Oliver
You know what things.
– Elio
Why are you telling me this?
– Oliver
Because I thought you should know.
– Elio
Because you thought I should know?
– Oliver
Because I wanted you to know.
– Elio
Because I wanted you to know. Because I wanted you to know. Because I wanted you to know.
– Elio
Because there’s no one else I can say this to but you.
– Elio
Are you saying what I think you’re saying?
– Oliver
Wait for me here. Don’t go away.
– Oliver
You know I’m not going anywhere.
– Elio

Can I kiss you?
– Oliver
Yes, please.
– Elio

People who read are hiders. They hide who they are. People who hide don’t always like who they are.
– Marzia

Later!
– Oliver

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

You’re too old not to accept people for who they are. What’s wrong with them? What’s wrong with them? You call them Sonny and Cher behind their backs…
– Mr. Perlman
That’s what mom calls them. That’s what mom calls them!
– Elio
…and then accept gifts from them. The only person that reflects badly on is you. Is it because they’re gay or because they’re ridiculous?
– Mr. Perlman

The Cosmic Fragments by Heraclitus: The meaning of the river flowing is not that all things are changing so that we cannot encounter them twice, but that some things stay the same only by changing.
– Oliver