Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice) Reviews

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February 6, 2020
This slow, but well-paced drama, unexpectedly unfolds as a slice of traditional folklore, sitting somewhere between classic Italian neorealism and fantastical storytelling.
December 30, 2019
Newcomer Tardiolo is splendid in the lead and Alice Rohrwacher's patient approach gives the viewer plenty of time to explore the landscapes through which we travel, inviting awkward questions about what it means to be free or to be saved.
December 18, 2019
Revisit Plato's cave in a modern tale and how the culture define our social behavior, as Margaret Mead Said. A contemporary anthropological new cinema. A must. [Full review in Spanish]
October 29, 2019
Aided by excellent, incantational sound-mixing and wonderful unforced performances, Rorhwacher creates a recognisable and authentic vision of Italy miles apart, yet equally as fantastical, as that in Call Me By Your Name.
October 17, 2019
A great-looking film that dares to give a familiar sci-fi subgenre an ultrarealistic spin. It's a blessed feeling to be in the hands of such remarkable storytellers.
September 11, 2019
This engaging, unforgettable story lies somewhere between fairy tale and dystopia.
August 27, 2019
The film is a restless journey through the political and social mainstreaming of China in the first two decades of the 21st century.
August 6, 2019
A captivating reflection of greed, desperation, and the potential for innocence to survive both.
July 8, 2019
Happy as Lazarro is a memorable and compelling experience that manages to blend fantasy and reality in a way that is both beautiful, satirical and enlightening all at once. Highly recommended.
June 6, 2019
At least half of Happy as Lazzaro is an interesting allegory and extremely well photographed.
May 24, 2019
Rohrwacher is going for timeless and she might have made a new classic.
May 20, 2019
Happy As Lazzaro can be described as a parable, even a myth, but what makes it relevant to our contemporary world is that it's real.
April 8, 2019
True magic realism: the magic lifts the realism and the realism makes the magic sing.
April 7, 2019
In the wide, green eyes of actor Adriano Tardiolo, Rohrwacher finds a gaze that sheds all cynicism, a guileless anchor for her devastating exploration of the false promise of progress and the elusive possibility of collective happiness.
April 6, 2019
Rohrwacher's eye for gestures is revealing of class, pride, humour, and values.
April 5, 2019
Although markedly less wispy than the director's award-winning The Wonders, Happy as Lazzaro, like its elusive protagonist, is dreamy, lightly comic and unfailingly nice.
April 5, 2019
Happy as Lazzaro could be a biting social commentary, a religious parable or a beguiling, supernatural tale. Perhaps it is all three.
April 5, 2019
Rohrwacher's third feature is challenging, compelling and exceptionally played, while cinematographer Hélène Louvart's evocative use of a Super-16 format reinforces the mood of faux nostalgia.
April 5, 2019
Magical tale and social realism collide throughout, not always convincingly, and yet, flaws aside, this is cinema of great and welcome originality.
April 5, 2019
I found the film tendentious and sophomoric, and Lazzaro's Forrest Gump imitation inevitably tedious.
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