Movies where the title card appears surprisingly late

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Italy, 1983. Oliver is a doctoral student who comes to work with Mr. Perlman, the father of 17-year-old Elio Perlman, who is discovering himself as a young man. The beautiful Italian villa and sunny summer surroundings begin to facilitate a budding forbidden romance between Elio and the much older Oliver. Like all forbidden summer adventures, this cannot last… much to the chagrin of the young passionate Elio. It’s an incredibly poignant coming-of-age drama from director Luca Guadagnino, and it’s also one of the best examples of a heartbreaking final scene punctuated by clever title card placement.

In the film, Elio and Oliver visit Bergamo together, shortly before Oliver returns to the United States. Months later, Oliver calls Elio’s family to tell them that he is now engaged to marry a woman. A distraught Elio talks on the phone to Oliver, who refuses to deny what happened between them but, for personal reasons, drifts away from his genuine feelings. The call ends and the audience sees Elio staring into the fire as his heart breaks (away from the prying eyes of his family). After a long, beautiful and poignant take, we see the credits at 2 hours and 8 minutes. The title track, “Call Me By Your Name,” recalls the couple’s connection (reflecting an ongoing romantic signal they had established), and his presence here amplifies Elio’s deep grief.

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