Two quite different women escape a mental institution to see Tuscany in a stolen car and get to know each other.Two quite different women escape a mental institution to see Tuscany in a stolen car and get to know each other.Two quite different women escape a mental institution to see Tuscany in a stolen car and get to know each other.
At first glance, the two women are very different from each other. Beatrice Morandini (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) assumes aristocratic manners and creates an imaginary world around her own person, a world in which she is the rich and the dominant one. Donatella Morelli (Micaela Ramazzotti) is closed in herself, she always seems in danger of self-harming, obviously hiding tremendous trauma. One is chic and neat even when her dresses fall badly, the other neglects herself. One is blonde, the other is brunette. The institution in which they are hospitalized seems liberal, tolerant, trying to help. Their running away is not the result of despair but rather the pursuit of a promordial instinct of the desire for freedom. However, the outside world turns out to be much more cruel than the one in the constrained space from which they had fled. Confronting the reality and the personal histories of each of them, which are gradually revealed to us, is more traumatic than the treatment inside. It would be tragic if everything wasn't approached in a comic register which is, well ... crazy. Undoubtedly, this is the right word.
The roles of lunatics often provide opportunities for remarkable acting performances, but it seems to me that in this film the two actresses have achieved something extraordinary. These are two roles of this kind, but the two actresses not only do not eclipse each other, but complement each other wonderfully in a relationship in which their traumas and despairs come together and generate emotion without falling into pathos or cheap melodrama. However, the film also features numerous scenes in which the comic of situations and characters offers opportunities for healthy laughter. The sunny and picturesque landscape of Tuscany that we know from so many films with touristic aromas provides the background of a corrupt and ruthless world, where the only chance and last refuge of the heroines is the psychiatric institution from which they fled. Paolo Virzì manages with 'La pazza gioia' a remarkable performance - a 'good feeling' movie about madness and despair.
- Jul 4, 2020