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Lazzaro felice

Alice Rohrwacher Italia, 2018

MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film Happy as Lazzaro

Introducing Lazzaro, homo sacer, idiot savant (but he is no Forrest, thankfully). Rohrwacher's latest film is a great metaphor of contemporary, populist Italy, a social and environmental disaster where institutional demagoguery is used to exploit the working class. As Italians say, "si stava meglio quando si stava peggio" (it was better when it was worse).