Glücklich wie Lazzaro (2018)

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Glücklich wie Lazzaro: Directed by Alice Rohrwacher. With Adriano Tardiolo, Agnese Graziani, Alba Rohrwacher, Luca Chikovani. An unceasingly kind Italian peasant and his family are blatantly exploited by a tobacco baroness.

“There are some in our lives that exist beyond the scope of time or universally accepted countenance, those like Lazzaro who bear the kindness of a child and the internal strength of an ox. In Alice Rohrwacher junior film Lazzaro Felice (Happy as Lazzaro), the title character develops an unlikely friendship with the heir to a tobacco industry marquis. This same marquis has kept Lazzaro and his kin imprisoned as unpaid workers on a farm isolated from the modern world. The film mesmerizingly drifts between somber and bitter-sweet notes while the tobacco leaves and sway and the sun bakes the earth. Because the work is captured in warm 16mm, the setting feels like a piece of art from a lost age. Every character is real. A pinch is required to remind the viewer that this is not a dream or a production, Lazzaro and his partner in crime Tancredi are flesh and blood.nThe sound profileu0026#39;s depth compliments Lazzaro Feliceu0026#39;s archaic beauty. The score uses music box chiming and staccato piano strikes, both of which echo throughout the Italian hills. Despite the Italian language barrier, one can understand the plot from vocal inflections alone. Lastly, the sound effects are rich. The pitter patter of the wolvesu0026#39; claws over concrete is distinct from the crunch of sand and soil underfoot.nLazzaro Felice is not to be missed. It calls to mind an air of innocence and perseverance in spite of the world. It beckons home the love of youth and family.”


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