Happy As Lazzaro

Happy As Lazzaro

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Happy As Lazzaro

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

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.

Best Screenplay, Cannes 2018
2018Rating: M, Violence125 minsItaly, Switzerland, France, GermanyItalian with English subtitles
DramaWorld CinemaFestival & Independent
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Variety

Variety

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

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The Times

The Times

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

2.0
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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

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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.

5.0
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The Guardian

The Guardian

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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.

4.0
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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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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.

4.0
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Variety

Variety

press

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

0
The Times

The Times

press

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

2.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

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.

5.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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.

4.0
0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

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

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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.

4.0
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