This is the tale of a meeting between Lazzaro, a young peasant so good that he is often mistaken for simple-minded, and Tancredi, a young nobleman cursed by his imagination. Life in their isolated pastoral village Inviolata is dominated by the terrible Marchesa Alfonsina de Luna, the queen of cigarettes. A loyal bond is sealed when Tancredi asks Lazzaro to help him orchestrate his own kidnapping. This strange and improbable alliance is a revelation for Lazzaro. A friendship so precious that it will travel in time and transport Lazzaro in search of Tancredi. His first time in the big city, Lazzaro is like a fragment of the past lost in the modern world.
Best Screenplay winner Cannes 2018.
“With Happy as Lazzaro, (Alice) Rohrwacher has crafted a magic-realist fable that doubles as an origin myth for a modern Italy subsumed by corruption and decline. As with The Wonders, it is shot on Super 16mm, lending the film a grainy sepia tinge that initially evokes warmth and nostalgia but in time resembles something more like decay.” Guardian
“mixes time-bending fabulism with a contemporary social critique … stunning mid-film pivot shakes time and space and snaps it back together ” Variety
“weird, woozy and kinda wonderful” Time Out
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