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Happy As Lazzaro (12A)

Dir: Alice Rohrwacher | 2018 | Italy | Cert 12A | 125 mins

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 isolated pastoral village Inviolata is dominated by the terrible Marchesa ­­Alfonsina ­de ­Luna,­the­ queen­ of­­ cigarettes.

A loyal bond is sealed when Tancredi asks Lazzaro to help him orchestrate his own kidnapping. This strange and improbable alliance is a revelation for Lazzaro. A friendship so precious that it will travel in time and transport Lazzaro in search of Tancredi. His first­ time ­in­ the ­big­ city,­ Lazzaro ­is ­like­ a ­fragment­ of the past lost in the modern world.

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