Happy As Lazzaro

Happy As Lazzaro

(Lazzaro felice)
(2018)

Two mismatched young men form a strange bond in this Cannes Palme d'Or-nominated Italian drama from previous nominee Alice Rohrwacher (The Wonders).... More

Lazzaro, a good-hearted young peasant, and Tancredi, a young nobleman cursed by his imagination, form a life-altering bond when Tancredi asks Lazzaro to help him orchestrate his own kidnapping.Hide

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  • It feels like part two needed another couple of drafts before this was ready to go into production. Full Review

  • Unravels with a Pinocchio-like logic that comes across as perplexing at first, then proves spellbinding. Full Review

  • With Happy as Lazzaro, Rohrwacher has crafted a magic-realist fable that doubles as an origin myth for a modern Italy subsumed by corruption and decline. Full Review

  • A slow but bewitching burn that rewards viewers' patience with humor and uncanny grace, sealing Rohrwacher's status...as a truly distinctive European major. Full Review

  • Happy As Lazzaro is s-l-o-w and its narrative twist will alienate some. But this is deliberate, singular filmmaking, at once poetic and down-to-earth, from an unsung talent. Full Review

  • Like early Pasolini, Rohrwacher's films are on the level with their subjects - there's no swank or pretension. They seem to muck in with the communities they're about. Full Review

  • I found the film tendentious and sophomoric, and Lazzaro's Forrest Gump imitation inevitably tedious. Full Review