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Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro felice)

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Purehearted teen Lazzaro is content living as a sharecropper in rural Italy, but an unlikely friendship with the marquise's son will change his world.


  • Adriano Tardiolo
  • Agnese Graziani
  • Alba Rohrwacher
  • Luca Chikovani
  • Tommaso Ragno
  • Sergi López
  • Natalino Balasso
  • Carlo Tarmati
  • Pasqualina Scuncia
  • Nicoletta Braschi

Did You Know?


  • According to Alice Rohrwacher, Lazzaro Felice is "the story of a lesser sanctity, with no miracles, no powers or superpowers, without special effects. It is the sanctity of living in this world without thinking ill of anyone and simply believing in human beings. Because another way was possible, the way of goodness, which men have always ignored but which always reappears to question them. Like something that might have been but that we've never ever wanted."
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    • Marchesa Alfonsina De Luna: Human beings are like animals. Set them free and they realize they are slaves locked in their own misery. Right now, they suffer, but they don't know. I exploit them, they exploit that poor man. It's a chain reaction that can't be stopped.
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3.0 out of 5


May 18, 2018

Beautifully shot, like Rohrwacher’s other features, on Super-16, this film, with its richly textured images, does indeed feel at times like a retrieved and rather miraculous relic from a lost era of cinema, which is not to say that it isn’t of its own moment.

Metacritic review by Jonathan Romney
Jonathan Romney
Screen International
May 18, 2018

The main problem of Happy as Lazzaro is that it's unclear what Rohrwacher finally wants to say in part two, which combines the near-documentary realism of her first feature with the occasional flights of fancy of her second.

Metacritic review by Boyd van Hoeij
Boyd van Hoeij
The Hollywood Reporter
May 18, 2018

If you can surrender to her peculiar vision, its beauty is undeniable; if not, impatience may set in long before the film winds down just past the two-hour mark.

Metacritic review by Steve Pond
Steve Pond