Ah, young love. Hollywood has a lot of these kinds of coming-of-age love stories. Full of passion, excitement, and sexual energy, these teen feelings jump out of a teenage boy once he is ignited by love. But what if it’s a boy in love with another boy, or an older man? Then we get a story just like Call Me By Your Name.
This interesting 2017 film with the Oscars buzz is about an older teenage boy who finds himself getting attracted to a fellow male. While he has a girlfriend his age, something about this handsome older man stirred new feelings inside of him. It doesn’t help that they met during the lovely summertime in an idyllic countryside town in Italy.
The burgeoning gay teen drama is not a new sensational theme in Hollywood or in world cinema, for that matter. There have been other movies like Call Me By Your Name that are as equally romantic, or even bolder in treatment. Here’s an international rundown.
1. Being 17
The French also know how to create their own romantic gay teen films. However, in some stories, you have to scrape a lot of things first before you find the romance in it. This is how Being 17 feels.
The 2016 French film features two teenage boys who started out as enemies. One is even the bully of the other. But a family situation forces them to tolerate each other when they started living together under one roof.
What started out as bullying and even toxic machismo soon turned into a tender romance between the two. But it’s a long drawn out development. This is why it’s one of those movies like Call Me By Your Name. The narratives take time in unearthing the desire that will happen between the teenage boy and his male object of desire.
2. Beautiful Thing
Working class neighborhoods are usually not a healthy breeding ground for young gay love. But in the British film Beautiful Thing, this was the narrative exploration that paid off.
The 1996 film is about a young teenager named Jamie, the one who’s starting to feel that he is gay. He has a huge crush on his schoolmate Ste, another teenager, but Jamie tries to shake it off at first because of the social stigma attached to homosexuality.
But eventually, Jamie is able to come to terms with his surfacing sexuality. He also makes moves to let Ste know how he feels. Will the admiration and affection be reciprocated? This is where the film compares, and begins to be one of those movies like Call Me By Your Name. Watch it to see the tug-of-war of emotions and growth that the boys will experience.
3. The Way He Looks
Brazilians are also hot lovers. Add a coming-of-age love story into that equation – about two young men at the prime of their youth – and you get the film called The Way He Looks.
The film is one of those movies like Call Me By Your Name because it starts off slow, and you don’t know where the story will lead. The love will also take a while in developing, because macho bullying and self-closeting will also be encountered at first.
This Brazilian film features the story of a blind teenage boy slowly becoming attached to the new teen boy in school. With a disability to live with and a different sexuality arising, will he be able to get away unscathed in a judgmental society? Watch this tender drama and find out!
4. Monster Pies
Australia might be one of the courageous countries in the world right now to have LGBT marriage, but there was a time when it’s not so cool to come out as gay. This is especially harmful if you are a teen, because you will be subjected to machismo bullying. But this is what the film Monster Pies shows: the honesty of an honest love.
Set in Melbourne during the pre-internet boom, the film is about Mike, an older teen who finds himself strangely attracted to the new boy in school named Will. In class, they are asked to share a book together, and they read Romeo and Juliet together.
In their own way, they develop a love that’s as star-crossed as the book they’re reading in class. But outside of class, a tenderness evolves as well. Watch the film to find out what happens next, and you’ll definitely know why this is here in our list of movies like Call Me By Your Name.
5. North Sea Texas
Belgium has its own representative film in our compilation of movies like Call Me By Your Name by way of North Sea Texas. This 2011 features two young men who meet and develop feelings for each other, set in the Belgian countryside.
But this one is more complicated in their situation. The gay teen here, Pim, is the son of a single mother. They meet an older carnival gentleman, and the young teen is smitten. However, others get smitten with this older man as well.
There are other complications in this film. The gay teen develops feelings for another gay teen, while a girl falls for the guy he also likes. Yeah, it’s that convoluted! But it’s still worthwhile to watch, so go check it out.
6. Closet Monster
The Canadian production of Closet Monster shows that gay teens suffer many parallelisms, wherever they are in the world. This 2015 film is about how a preteen boy witnessed violent acts done to an older gay teen. This will have an effect on his own life when he turns 18.
Even if the young teen is now about to graduate from college, he finds himself being bothered by things that connect to his gayness. It becomes one of those movies like Call Me By Your Name when one’s identity suddenly catches up with you, despite of how you present or perceive yourself.
It’s interesting to see the young gay teen’s romantic blossoming here, coupled with painful feelings of guilt. Watch this to see how it unfolds.
7. Get Real
Stiff upper lip! That’s how the British are seen by the world. So imagine during the 1990s if a promiscuous gay teen went cruising around. Will he get away with his gayness or will he encounter social misadventures because of it?
That’s how the British film Get Real is plotted out. The 1998 rom-com film is about an introvert teenager named Steven. He tries to hide his sexuality from other people. But he has strong urges to act on his sexual desires.
Steven finds comfort in cruising for gay sex in public men’s toilets. However, he gets the surprise of his life when he also sees a popular school jock named John, doing the same thing he does. Confronted by each other’s gayness, what do you think these boys will do? Watch this interesting film to find out!
8. Come Undone
The French-Belgian film Come Undone focuses on summer love and summer regrets. Released in 2000, it’s quite open and daring for a film of that theme during that era. For this alone, it earns its rightful place in our list of movies like Call Me By Your Name.
Come Undone features the 18-year-old affluent teenager Mathieu. He is college-bound after the summer. But during the vacation, he spends some time with his family vacationing in the French coast.
As with summer loves and summer stories, Mathieu meets Cedric, an equally handsome youth about his age. Cedric seems to be more open about his sexuality. Because of that, he and Mathieu start a summer fling.
Care to see where the fling stretches onto? Go watch this interesting film to find out!
9. Summer Storm
The German entry in our list of movies like Call Me By Your Name is this interesting sports-oriented film entitled Summer Storm. Released in 2004, the film features a teen boy named Tobi slowly coming to terms with his gayness.
It’s okay to feel something new about your sexuality. But what if you are a member of an all-male regatta team? Worse, you will end up in a summer camp where regatta teams train and compete with each other?
It doesn’t help that the closeted gay teen meets an openly gay teen from another regatta team. As they try to explore their feelings for each other, will a coming out soon happen in this sports drama? Watch and find out!
10. Holding the Man
Australia makes it twice in this list of movies like Call Me By Your Name because of an equally well-written story in Holding the Man.
Based on real-life events, it tells the story of Tim during different eras. But the most memorable era is during the 1970s. This was when he meets a fellow student in college named John. They fell in love, despite the homophobia of the time. However, they are discovered by the school and their parents who threaten to take legal action about the matter.
Now you have to remember that the 1970s is not very open to gayness much like today. And the 1980s was characterized by the appearance of HIV-AIDS in the gay community. The characters of the film eventually get infected by it.
Still, the film is as admirable as the characters portrayed in it. So go watch it.