Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice)

2018

Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice)

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Happy as Lazzaro uses a friendship's ups and downs as a satisfyingly expansive canvas for a picture rich with thematic and cinematic depth.

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Lazzaro is a naive and optimistic twenty-year-old farmer; Tancredi is instead a young man with a fervid imagination. Between the two it is born an unexpected friendship, that above all for Lazzaro turns out to be an important moment of growth. Over time, the two face many difficulties together, until Tancredi makes his tracks lose in the city, and Lazzaro sets out to search for him.

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Critic Reviews for Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice)

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (73) | Rotten (8)

  • Happy as Lazzaro could be a biting social commentary, a religious parable or a beguiling, supernatural tale. Perhaps it is all three.

    Apr 5, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • I found the film tendentious and sophomoric, and Lazzaro's Forrest Gump imitation inevitably tedious.

    Apr 5, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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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.

    Apr 4, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Rohrwacher interweaves class discourse, the realities of poverty, and queer magical realism.

    Apr 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Happy As Lazzaro... is a weightless enigma, an unfathomable promise of happiness, gently tugging you upward, like a balloon on the end of a string.

    Apr 3, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Rohrwacher strives to lighten the allegorising with bits of humour and antic surrealism. We still feel as if we are watching a Brecht play done by street buskers. The view into the kitchen garden of history starts to become pedagogic.

    Apr 3, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice)

  • Jan 19, 2019
    You'd never expect a movie that features both social commentary and magical realism to feel this grounded and reserved and yet Rohrwacher finds a way to pull it off. Even more impressive is that the mid-point of the movie features a number of startling twists in the narrative that happen organically.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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