Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice)


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)

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  • 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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  • 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…
  • Part of the movie's fun - and it is fun, once you adjust to its uninsistent rhythms - is how it forces you to share Lazarro's go-along-to-get-along ebullience.

    Dec 3, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Rohrwacher isn't interested in resurrecting the ghosts of movies past so much as channeling the Brothers Grimm. She does not want to just show you pretty pictures, but a genuine vision.

    Nov 30, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Tardiolo's silent radiance and his director's offhand audacity produce their own bewildering cinematic alchemy.

    Nov 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice)


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 Barniskis
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