Happy as Lazzaro

Happy as Lazzaro ★★★★

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What is time, anyway? That’s the central question that hangs over the fable-inspired Happy as Lazzaro, and it uses that to cover questions about class, gender, and age. It’s relaxed, quiet, and feels like a fairy tale. But then that shocking twist happens, and it becomes darker, more introspective. It’s as if Pier Paolo Pasolini directed Forrest Gump. Director Alice Rohrwacher pulls it off beautifully, making the transition seem completely natural. However, it wouldn’t work as well if Adriano Tardiolo (who plays Lazzaro) wasn’t in the role: there’s a simplicity to his face, and a blankness in eyes that makes the final act of the film tragic - though not in the traditional sense of that word.

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