Happy As Lazzaro

Happy As Lazzaro

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: PG, Violence & coarse language125 minsItaly, Switzerland, France, GermanyItalian with English subtitles
DramaWorld CinemaFestival & Independent

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Reviews & comments

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.

The Times

The Times

press

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

2.0
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
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
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

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

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

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
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.

The Times

The Times

press

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

2.0
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
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
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

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

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

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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