Directed by : Luca Guadagnino
Screenplay by : James Ivory <based on Andre Aciman’s Call Me by Your Name>
Release Date : 24/11/2017
Elio Perlman went downstairs to the living room. Mr Perlman was reading a manuscript on the couch.
Perlman : Missed you at dinner
Elio makes his way to the couch. Mr Perlman threw the manuscript on the table and grab a pack a cigarettes, start smoking.
Perlman : So….welcome home.
Elio : Thanks
Perlman : Oliver enjoyed the trip?
Elio : Yeah. <smiles and laughed a little> I think he did.
Perlman : You two had a nice friendship.
Elio : Yeah.
Mr Perlman grabs a glass ashtray
Perlman : You too smart to know how rare, how special what you to had was.
Elio : Oliver was Oliver.
Both laughed a little.
Perlman : Because it was him. Because it was me.
Elio : Oliver may be intelligent but..
Perlman : No, he was more than intelligent. What you two had, had everything and nothing to do with intelligence. He was good.
Perlman : You’re both lucky to have found each other because you, too, are good.
Elio : i think he was better than
Elio reaches to his fathers lap
Elio : I think he was better than me
Mr Perlman rubs his hands through Elio’s hair to comfort him
Perlman : im sure he’d say the same thing about you
Elio gets up to sitting position
Elio : Yeah. He’s say the same thing.
Perlman : It flatters you both.
Elio shook his head and sighs again
Perlman : And when you least expect it, nature has cunning ways of finding our weakest spot. Just remember, i am here.
Mr Perlman takes off his glasses
Perlman : Right now, you may not wanna feel anything. Maybe you never wanted to feel anything.
Mr Perlman is rubbing hands through his glasses
Perlman : And uh maybe its not to me you’d want to speak about these things but feel something you obviously did.
Mr Perlman looks Elio in the eye
Perlman : Look, you had a beautiful friendship. Maybe more than a friendship. And i envy you. In my place, most parents would hope the whole thing goes away. Pray their sons land on their feet, but i am not such a parent. We rip out so much of ourselves to be cured faster that we go bankrupt by the age of 30. 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.
Perlman : Have i spoken out of turn?
Elio shook his head
Perlman : And i’ll say one more thing. It’ll clear the air. I may have come close but i never have 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 only given to us only once, and before you know it, your heart’s 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 felt.
Elio nods his head and almost cried.