Call Me By Your Name has proven itself quite the critical darling, and for good reason — and one scene has already become wholly notorious among theatergoers.
Adapted from André Aciman’s 2007 novel, Luca Guadagnino’s film follows a 17-year-old named Elio (Timotheé Chalamet) who falls madly in love with Oliver (Armie Hammer), a 27-year-old a grad student.
The movie, set in Italy in the early ’80s, is a faithful adaptation, too: it even including an erotic scene starring Elio and a ripened peach.
Guadagnino has already admitted both he and Chalamet approached the scene in the grand Method style — both got busy with peaches in the privacy of their own home to understand how the whole thing worked.
Sounds like it worked pretty damn well.
“[Guadagnino] came up to me a couple of weeks before the peach scene,” Chalamet tells GQ, “and told me he tried it, and that it worked. Then it was all systems go!”
“It’s just thrilling because it’s organic—it feels not like a marketing gimmick but something that people are genuinely curious to see—if they have not already partaken in that wonderfully sensual experience.
“What made André’s book so powerful and new—to me—was this ambiguity it had to any sort of strict views on sexuality. The peach scene really is this idea in the film that everything is of the earth. Life is just organic. I don’t know what side of the peach debate that puts me on, but…”
He also says the scene never felt provocative for provocative’s sake.
“Plainly speaking, and just from a visual standpoint, Luca always makes his actors look nice.
Secondly, these scenes, they’re not exploitative or salacious. It is not a sex film—though there are very well-received sex films—but the lovemaking and the peach scene is in service to the story.”
The film hits theaters on Friday, November 24.