‘Call Me By Your Name’ is a powerful romance with a beautiful backdrop

By MARK VIOLA

When the Academy Award nominations were announced last week, there were nine nominees for Best Picture, seven of which I had already seen. One of the two I had not was “Call Me By Your Name,” a romance directed by Luca Guadagnino (“A Bigger Splash”) based on the novel by André Aciman.

In addition to Best Picture, the film also earned nods for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score and Best Lead Actor for Timothée Chalamet (“Lady Bird”). The film tells a slow-burn romance set in the beautiful countryside of northern Italy in 1983, and the story tends to creep up on you as Guadagnino masterfully mixes scenes of the mundane with the surprisingly profound.

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