Lazzaro Felice (Happy as Lazzaro). 2018. Italy. Written and directed by Alice Rohrwacher. With Alba Rohrwacher, Adriano Tardiolo, Agnese Grazian. DCP. In Italian; English subtitles. 128 min.
With its magical twists of fate and sudden leaps of time, its fairy tale archetypes of wicked queen, holy fool, and menacing wolf, Rohrwacher’s exquisitely tender but tough fable follows Lazzaro, “a saint from pagan times,” a man too good for this age or any other, as he enters into a kidnapping scheme to rescue a young nobleman from the moral turpitude of his cruelly feudalist family. “This movie feels bracingly new and also like something that has been here forever. It has the urgency of a news bulletin and the authority of a classic” (A. O. Scott, The New York Times). Courtesy Istituto Luce Cinecittà and Netflix