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Happy as Lazzaro (2018)


Happy as Lazzaro is a 2018 Italian drama film directed by . The film follows the story of Lazzaro, a young peasant who lives in a remote village in Italy. Despite his poverty and naivete, Lazzaro is a kind-hearted and pure soul who is beloved by all who know him. When he befriends the village's rebellious young aristocrat, Tancredi, Lazzaro becomes embroiled in a web of deception and exploitation that spans generations.


Happy as Lazzaro is a haunting and poignant film that explores themes of class, exploitation, and the human condition. The film's direction is masterful, with creating a dreamlike and surreal world that is both beautiful and unsettling. The performances are excellent, with delivering a powerful and affecting portrayal of Lazzaro, and the supporting cast adding depth and nuance to their roles. The film is a subtle and powerful commentary on the nature of humanity and the injustices of the world.


Happy as Lazzaro has received critical acclaim and has won numerous awards, including:

  • Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival
  • Best Film at the Chicago International Film Festival
  • Best Film at the Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards
  • Best Cinematography at the European Film Awards
  • Best Supporting Actress at the National Society of Film Critics Awards

The film's success is a testament to its ability to challenge and engage audiences, and its message of hope and redemption has resonated with viewers around the world.

Overall, Happy as Lazzaro is a powerful and thought-provoking film that explores the complexities of the human experience. It is a testament to the power of cinema to challenge our assumptions and beliefs, and to inspire us to strive for a better world.

Directed by
Written by
Cinematography Hélène Louvart
Edited by Nelly Quettier
Distributed by Netflix
Release date 13 May 2018 (Cannes) 31 May 2018 (Italy)
Running time 130 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

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