TOM's Film Club: Happy As Lazzaro (12A)
Winner of Best Screenplay at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, Italian writer-director Alice Rohrwacher’sHappy as Lazzaro is a beguiling and luminous magic-realist fable which echoes the surrealist films of cinematic masters like Pier Paolo Pasolini, Federico Fellini and Derek Jarman.
Beautifully shot on super 16mm, the film follows the sweet-natured peasant Lazzaro (played wonderfully by newcomer Adriano Tardiolo) whose people-pleasing personality is often mistaken for simple-mindedness. Lazzaro is persuaded by the village ruler’s bleach blonde son to help him fake his own kidnapping for ransom; however, their plans take some unexpected and miraculous turns.
“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”
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
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Date & Time: Wed 4 Sep, 8pm
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Duration: 125 mins
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