An unceasingly kind Italian peasant and his family are blatantly exploited by a tobacco baroness.

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Alice Rohrwacher
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adriano Tardiolo ... Lazzaro
Agnese Graziani Agnese Graziani ... Antonia bambina
Alba Rohrwacher ... Antonia
Luca Chikovani Luca Chikovani ... Tancredi giovane
Tommaso Ragno ... Tancredi adulto
Sergi López ... Ultimo
Natalino Balasso Natalino Balasso ... Nicola
Carlo Tarmati Carlo Tarmati ... Carletto
Pasqualina Scuncia Pasqualina Scuncia ... Suora
Nicoletta Braschi ... Marchesa Alfonsina De Luna
Edoardo Montalto Edoardo Montalto ... Pippo bambino
Carlo Massimino Carlo Massimino ... Pippo adulto
Maddalena Baiocco Maddalena Baiocco ... Stefania bambina
Gala Othero Winter Gala Othero Winter ... Stefania adulta
Giulia Caccavello Giulia Caccavello ... Teresa giovane
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Adriano Tardiolo (Lazzaro) was scouted in a public high school in Orvieto, closing a search that involved more than a thousand other boys of the same age. Adriano had never done any acting before, but he was convinced to accept the role after getting to know Alice Rohrwacher. See more »

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Marchesa Alfonsina De Luna: He who knows himself well is humbled in his own presence. And the praise of other men provokes no pleasure. If I were to know everything in the universe and scorned the charity who would bring me the grace of God? Who would judge my actions? One should go beyond the thirst for knowledge that is the root of distraction and disappointment.
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Connections

Referenced in Sardonicast: Aquaman, Happy as Lazzaro (2019) See more »

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Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 8 in E-flat minor BWV.853
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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A Masterpiece!
1 December 2018 | by heryzanyaSee all my reviews

What is wrong with us? Where is innocence and compassion? Is there any good left in this world? Lazzaro represents the incarnation of kindness itself. It is hearthbreaking to see that "Lazzaros" have very little space in this world, and that they are mostly not welcome. This movie will touch deeply the people who are still able to cry when confronted with all the atrocities, and injustices we commit to each other day by day. Most of all, it will touch whoever feels the need to improve in terms of humanity, sensibility and compassion even knowing that greater and darker forces overwhelm mankind.

I deeply recommend everyone this experience.


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Country:

Italy | Switzerland | France | Germany

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

30 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Happy as Lazzaro See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR5,200,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,802,696
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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