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Lazzaro felice (2018)

PG-13 | | Drama | 30 November 2018 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Alice Rohrwacher
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Cast

Credited cast:
Adriano Tardiolo Adriano Tardiolo ... Lazzaro
Agnese Graziani Agnese Graziani ... Antonia bambina
Luca Chikovani Luca Chikovani ... Tancredi bambino
Alba Rohrwacher ... Antonia
Sergi López ... Ultimo
Natalino Balasso Natalino Balasso ... Nicola
Tommaso Ragno Tommaso Ragno ... Tancredi adulto
Nicoletta Braschi ... Marchesa Alfonsina De Luna
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Daria Pascal Attolini ... Maria Grazia adulta
Maddalena Baiocco Maddalena Baiocco ... Stefania bambina
Giulia Caccavello Giulia Caccavello ... Teresa giovane
Annunziata Capretto Annunziata Capretto ... Natalina anziana
Davide Denci ... Appuntato
Alessandro Genovesi Alessandro Genovesi ... Maresciallo
Carlo Massimino Carlo Massimino ... Pippo
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Tempesta [Italy]

Country:

Italy | Switzerland | France | Germany

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

30 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Feliz Como Lázaro See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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The Tale of Inviolata
12 November 2018 | by smithpaulusmcSee all my reviews

There are some in our lives that exist beyond the scope of time or universally accepted countenance, those like Lazzaro who bear the kindness of a child and the internal strength of an ox. In Alice Rohrwacher junior film Lazzaro Felice (Happy as Lazzaro), the title character develops an unlikely friendship with the heir to a tobacco industry marquis. This same marquis has kept Lazzaro and his kin imprisoned as unpaid workers on a farm isolated from the modern world. The film mesmerizingly drifts between somber and bitter-sweet notes while the tobacco leaves and sway and the sun bakes the earth. Because the work is captured in warm 16mm, the setting feels like a piece of art from a lost age. Every character is real. A pinch is required to remind the viewer that this is not a dream or a production, Lazzaro and his partner in crime Tancredi are flesh and blood. The sound profile's depth compliments Lazzaro Felice's archaic beauty. The score uses music box chiming and staccato piano strikes, both of which echo throughout the Italian hills. Despite the Italian language barrier, one can understand the plot from vocal inflections alone. Lastly, the sound effects are rich. The pitter patter of the wolves' claws over concrete is distinct from the crunch of sand and soil underfoot. Lazzaro Felice is not to be missed. It calls to mind an air of innocence and perseverance in spite of the world. It beckons home the love of youth and family.


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