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Happy as Lazzaro Rated 12A

Happy as Lazzaro

Dir. Alice Rohrwacher. Italy, 2018. 2h 7m. Italian/subs. Starring Adriano Tardiolo, Alba Rohrwacher, Luca Chikovani, Agnese Graziani, Sergi López, Natalino Balasso, Tommaso Ragno, Nicoletta Braschi, David Bennent.

A kindhearted young farmer embarks on a transformative journey in rural Italy when he agrees to help stage a fake kidnapping. Joint winner of the Best Screenplay Award at last year's Cannes, Alice Rohrwacher's kaleidoscopic gem is a moving fable about the unquestioning toil of peasantry.

‘Happy as Lazzaro could be a biting social commentary, a religious parable or a beguiling, supernatural tale. Perhaps it is all three.’ ★★★★★ Alexandra Pollard, The Independent

‘Like early Pasolini, Rohrwacher's films are on the level with their subjects - there's no swank or pretension. They seem to muck in with the communities they're about.’ ★★★★★ Tim Robey, The Telegraph