Happy as Lazzaro
27 May 2019 8pm
concession £7, members £6.50
Length: 127 mins
Director: Alice Rohrwacher
Cast: Adriano Tardiolo, Alba Rohrwacher, Luca Chikovani
Language: Italian with English subtitles
Lazzaro is the kind soul who helps anyone in his village, which is cut off from the outside world by a bridge that no one has the energy to fix. The inhabitants of the village are serfs to the Marchesa, whose son drafts Lazzaro into a kidnapping plot that quickly go awry.
Following up The Wonders, Alice Rohrwacher offers a beautiful freewheeling fable that has the timeless quality of a folk tale but also brings to mind Pasolini and Fellini.
Happy as Lazzaro has the brightness of a summer’s day, but also dark shade to luxuriate in.
“Happy As Lazzaro… is a weightless enigma, an unfathomable promise of happiness, gently tugging you upward, like a balloon on the end of a string.” ★★★★★ – The Guardian
“A slow but bewitching burn that rewards viewers’ patience with humor and uncanny grace, sealing Rohrwacher’s status…as a truly distinctive European major.” – Variety
“Rohrwacher paints a magical portrait of the decay of rural life, intertwining the past and the present in a work that is as exhilarating as it is sublime.” ★★★★★ – Time Out