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Lazzaro felice

Alice Rohrwacher Italia, 2018

Matthew Martens's rating of the film Happy as Lazzaro

This beautiful, dazzling, heartbreaking film falls afoul of my long-standing aversion to all-too-easy allegories of simple-minded saints. Your odds of making a great film tackling that trope are much enhanced if, as your saint, you cast a donkey, or a horse. But I'll be damned if Rohrwacher's humans don't all but get there anyway. Tardiolo's resemblance to Robin Williams in build and Mork in mien piles on the pathos.