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Happy as Lazzaro (2018)

Lazzaro felice (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama | 30 November 2018 (USA)
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An unceasingly kind Italian peasant and his family are blatantly exploited by a tobacco baroness.

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Alice Rohrwacher
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Cast

Credited cast:
Alba Rohrwacher ... Antonia
David Bennent ... Ingegnere svizzero
Sergi López ... Ultimo
Nicoletta Braschi ... Marchesa Alfonsina De Luna
Tommaso Ragno Tommaso Ragno ... Tancredi adulto
Adriano Tardiolo Adriano Tardiolo ... Lazzaro
Elisabetta Rocchetti ... Teresa adulta
Alessandro Genovesi Alessandro Genovesi ... Maresciallo
Agnese Graziani Agnese Graziani ... Antonia bambina
Luca Chikovani Luca Chikovani ... Tancredi bambino
Daria Pascal Attolini ... Maria Grazia adulta
Daria Deflorian ... Donna truffata
Carlo Massimino Carlo Massimino ... Pippo
Antonio Salines Antonio Salines ... Nicola anziano
Leonardo Nigro Leonardo Nigro
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Storyline

This is the tale of a meeting between Lazzaro, a young peasant so good that he is often mistaken for simple-minded, and Tancredi, a young nobleman cursed by his imagination. Life in their isolated pastoral village Inviolata is dominated by the terrible Marchesa Alfonsina de Luna, the queen of cigarettes. A loyal bond is sealed when Tancredi asks Lazzaro to help him orchestrate his own kidnapping. This strange and improbable alliance is a revelation for Lazzaro. A friendship so precious that it will travel in time and transport Lazzaro in search of Tancredi. His first time in the big city, Lazzaro is like a fragment of the past lost in the modern world.

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | Switzerland | France | Germany

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

30 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Happy as Lazzaro See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€135,152 (Italy), 3 June 2018, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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According to Alice Rohrwacher, Lazzaro Felice is "the story of a lesser sanctity, with no miracles, no powers or superpowers, without special effects. It is the sanctity of living in this world without thinking ill of anyone and simply believing in human beings. Because another way was possible, the way of goodness, which men have always ignored but which always reappears to question them. Like something that might have been but that we've never ever wanted." See more »

Quotes

Marchesa Alfonsina De Luna: Human beings are like animals. Set them free and they realize they are slaves locked in their own misery. Right now, they suffer, but they don't know. I exploit them, they exploit that poor man. It's a chain reaction that can't be stopped.
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Dreams (Will Come Alive)
Written by Bobby Boer, Dancability and D-Rock
Performed by 2 Brothers On The 4 Floor
Courtesy of Lowland Records
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A Masterpiece!
1 December 2018 | by heryzanyaSee all my reviews

What is wrong with us? Where is innocence and compassion? Is there any good left in this world? Lazzaro represents the incarnation of kindness itself. It is hearthbreaking to see that "Lazzaros" have very little space in this world, and that they are mostly not welcome. This movie will touch deeply the people who are still able to cry when confronted with all the atrocities, and injustices we commit to each other day by day. Most of all, it will touch whoever feels the need to improve in terms of humanity, sensibility and compassion even knowing that greater and darker forces overwhelm mankind.

I deeply recommend everyone this experience.


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