Film Review: HAPPY AS LAZZARO (LAZZARO FELICE) (Italy 2018) ****

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This is the tale of a meeting between Lazzaro, a young peasant so good that he is often mistaken for simple-minded, and Tancredi, a young nobleman cursed by his imagination. Life in their … See full summary »

Winner of the Best Screenplay Prize at Cannes this year, this sweet surreal tale of a simple villager Lazzaro (Adriano Tardiolo) is tough to make sense of or understand.  But it is one of the most entertaining foreign films to reach North American screens this year.

The name Lazzaro could have been chosen from the name of Lazarus who was risen from the dead by Jesus in Christianity.  In the story Lazarro falls from a cliff with the audience thinking him dead.  Lazarus rises again and climbs back up the hill after a wolf…

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