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La pazza gioia (2016)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 17 May 2016 (Italy)
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Donatella and Beatrice reside in a psychiatric facility in Tuscany. They have very different life stories, but a chance to escape brings them together in an adventure that will change their... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi ... Beatrice Morandini Valdirana
Micaela Ramazzotti ... Donatella Morelli
Valentina Carnelutti ... Dottoressa Fiamma Zappa
Sergio Albelli Sergio Albelli ... Torrigiani dei Servizi Sociali
Tommaso Ragno Tommaso Ragno ... Dottor Giorgio Lorenzini
Luisanna Messeri Luisanna Messeri ... Luisanna, la caposala
Francesco Lagi Francesco Lagi ... Lo psicologo Francesco
Giada Parlanti Giada Parlanti ... Psicologa riabilitatrice
Paolo Vivaldi Paolo Vivaldi ... Infermiere Basola
Alice Terranova Alice Terranova ... Infermiera
Chiara Arrighi Chiara Arrighi ... Infermiera tirocinante
Fabrizio Brandi Fabrizio Brandi ... Giancarlo
Maria Grazia Bon Maria Grazia Bon ... Suora Pia
Mimma Pirré Mimma Pirré ... Suor Diletta
Vladimiro Cecconi Vladimiro Cecconi ... Tecnico agronomo


Donatella and Beatrice reside in a psychiatric facility in Tuscany. They have very different life stories, but a chance to escape brings them together in an adventure that will change their lives forever and will help them realize the beauty in imperfection. Written by Dario Vaccaro

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All they wanted was a little bit of happiness.


Comedy | Drama


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Italy | France


Italian | English

Release Date:

17 May 2016 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Like Crazy See more »

Filming Locations:

Livorno, Tuscany, Italy See more »


Box Office


€15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€1,335,166 (Italy), 22 May 2016, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,799, 5 May 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$106,547, 14 July 2017
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


References I Knew Her Well (1965) See more »


Senza fine
Written and Performed by Gino Paoli
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A little more than 'The Dream Team' meets 'Thelma and Louise'
28 December 2017 | by nmegaheySee all my reviews

At first you wonder what a woman like Beatrice Morandelli Valdirana is doing in the Villa Biondi, an institution for women with mental health problems in the Tuscan countryside. She claims to be a Countess, rich, well-connected and knowledgeable. A little bit of a busybody maybe, talkative, inquisitive and demanding but clearly intelligent. It's not long however before you're wondering what on earth they are thinking letting her out to do some part-time work at a plant nursery. Are they mad?

The difference is that Beatrice seems to have hit it off with a new 'inmate', Donatella Morelli, who has been brought in after a suicide attempt. Unlike Beatrice, Donatella is silent, withdrawn and nervous, and has no social connections and only one number on her phone. When the mini bus picking them up from the nursery is late one day, the two women decide to make their own way back; the long way, with a few amusing diversions along the way.

With two inmates from a mental health institution on the loose, you might think La Pazza Gioia (Like Crazy) is going to be something along the lines of 'The Dream Team' meets 'Thelma and Louise', and indeed the film plays up the crazy angle for all it's worth, with plenty of broad humour to be had in their encounters along the road and their chases from the authorities. Principally however, La Pazza Gioia is an actor's game, and Paolo Virzi is working with two of the best here, giving them great material to work with.

Beatrice is a gift of a role for Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, who has a successful career as an actor in France and Italy and has drawn on her own aristocratic background as the writer/director of 'Il est plus facile pour un chameau...' and 'Un château en Italie'. Give her broad and she'll expand to fill the role, demonstrating the full range of her abilities from comedy to drama, from melodrama to more subtle exchanges and sensitivities. The dynamic is stretched further in the contrasting role offered to Micaela Ramazzotti as Donatella, who is searching for her son who has been taken away from her and into care. This gives the film a little more dramatic poignancy than the premise might suggest.

More then than just being a buddy comedy or a vehicle for two great actors, it's the fact that there are two great performers in these roles that gives the film the necessary balance between comedy and more serious matters that are raised. La Pazza Gioia looks at some of the problems faced by women and how those troubles are not recognised or taken seriously in the no-nonsense modern world. It's enough to drive anyone crazy.

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