Happy as Lazzaro ★★★★

Hey now, little speedy head
The read on the speed meter says
You have to go to task in the city
Where people drown and people serve
Don't be shy
Your just deserve
Is only just light years to go

Me, my thoughts are flower strewn
Ocean storm, bayberry moon
I have got to leave to find my way
Watch the road and memorize
This life that pass before my eyes
Nothing is going my way

The ocean is the river's goal
A need to leave the water knows
We're closer now than light years to go
I have got to find the river
Bergamot and Vetiver
Run through my head and fall away
Leave the road and memorize
This life that pass before my eyes
Nothing is going my way

There's no one left to take the lead
But I tell you and you can see
We're closer now than light years to go
Pick up here and chase the ride
The river empties to the tide
Fall into the ocean

The river to the ocean goes
A fortune for the undertow
None of this is going my way
There is nothing left to throw
Of Ginger, lemon, indigo
Coriander stem and rose of hay

Strength and courage overrides
The privileged and weary eyes
Of river poet search naivete
Pick up here and chase the ride
The river empties to the tide
All of this is coming your way

PS: Closer to "Edward Scissorhands" than "Jesus of Montreal" thematically. Closer to "Padre Padrone" than "Umberto D." aesthetically. A miraculous ellipsis (best use of ellipsis since "Mullholland Dr.") Too simple a moral fable to consider it a Masterpiece. The final shot it's a tad too on the nose for my taste. And a rude awakening I don't think I needed (plus, underlined with the wolf).

Mike D'Angelo is WRONG, though. There's no Gump-ian "pearls of wisdom" here. Although some sentimentality surfaces in the second half. Lazzaro exists as a metaphor to "Inviolata", which means, hold your breath, "inviolate". A Saint-like figure, for sure. But it's the rest of the cast who does the heavy lifting of the film's parable if you think about it. NOW, that's a joke you can take home.

Just as pure and pastoral as the poem above. Cynics bullet-proof.

UPDATE: That ELLIPSIS, THOUGH!!. Can't stop thinking about it. The actors chosen. Fire!! Half a star more.

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