Netflix | Release Date: November 30, 2018
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TyranianDec 19, 2019
Interesting film with great visuals, good luck trying to figure out its meaning.
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NirlashDec 26, 2018
Happy as Lazzaro is one for the ages. The sheer clarity with which Alice Rohrwacher's vision translates to screen is astounding. As odd as the tale is, it never feels so. Sweepingly breathtaking yet earnestly soul-shattering.
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KenROct 21, 2021
Happy As Lazzaro – The Smell Of A Good Man
Tuscan-born writer/director Alice Rohrwacher has created an Award-winning allegorical observation on how the average person stumbles along, following the ruling classes orders of the day. Most live
Happy As Lazzaro – The Smell Of A Good Man
Tuscan-born writer/director Alice Rohrwacher has created an Award-winning allegorical observation on how the average person stumbles along, following the ruling classes orders of the day. Most live without stopping to analyze the derogatory impact, this almost hidden manipulation, has on our everyday understanding of the true meaning of life. Curiously, the writer based part of this strange story on a factual newspaper story! The manipulation of the poorer classes by greedy conglomerates - fleecing workers for a pittance in return for endless hard labor. How empty modern lifestyles can offer little more benefits than those of the slave workers, too often pushing the good in humanity to obscurity. It’s not a film for everyone and many viewers may miss important messages within this thoughtful work – perhaps one reason could be because they blindly accept the hidden economic controls, enforced on the world’s working classes. ‘Lazzaro’ is both enigmatic and silently devastating to any viewer prepared to consider how the world’s bankers – pervade every aspect of modern life - often reducing it to rubble for struggling nations. It's little coincidence this film comes to its haunting conclusion inside a bank! It’s a longish tale (2 hrs) so needing a patient, discerning audience. It could possibly have conveyed its thoughtful message in less time but those attuned to reading between the lines of our every day news media...will be quite willing to take the journey. Fascinatingly the filmmaker is able to convince the viewer to accept quite jarring, bizarre twists, as if we trust somehow they are taking us towards a meaningful outcome. Sought after French cinematographer Hélène Louvart provides the darkly probing visuals. There is an interesting piano soliloquy that plays out here and there but the film has no score composer. Performances are uniformly good, making this a treat for those who like to think about their entertainment – the sensitive viewer might find the final scene one not easily forgotten (aided by a Wolf and some Italian folklore)
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movieducationDec 2, 2018
HAPPY AS LAZZARO is too pure for this world. Irresistible but never irritating, realistic with magical touch, a real time capsule that brings the best and the worst out of humankind seamlessly. One thing arranging shocking tonal shift andHAPPY AS LAZZARO is too pure for this world. Irresistible but never irritating, realistic with magical touch, a real time capsule that brings the best and the worst out of humankind seamlessly. One thing arranging shocking tonal shift and miraculous swindle, it is life itself. Expand
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DawdlingPoetNov 21, 2021
I really liked this film. I found Lazzaro a quite endearing figure - he's a quiet, introverted type and he has a sort of naive charm to him - he with the large (and seemingly un-blinking) eyes. I felt frustrated by those who chose to exploitI really liked this film. I found Lazzaro a quite endearing figure - he's a quiet, introverted type and he has a sort of naive charm to him - he with the large (and seemingly un-blinking) eyes. I felt frustrated by those who chose to exploit him (if but only mildly) and indeed, exploitation is certainly a relevant theme in this film, as well as tolerance perhaps. I liked/respected the simplicity aspect of it. It has a positive feel about it.

I thought its good as a piece of social commentary. Its quite a charming film in general and so I'd recommend it.
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JordanLaytonApr 28, 2020
A gutting, fantastical, cruel, and beautiful story of an honest, poor, downtrodden man out of time. This Italian indie darling is on Netflix right now. its not animated as the poster might have you think and it is most definitely worth your time.
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ZenflarNov 1, 2021
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