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Paolo Virzì

Like Crazy
(La pazza gioia)

Italy, France 2017

In Italian with Finnish and Swedish subtitles

118 min

As an actress and occasional director Italo-French star Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (Slack Bay, A Castle in Italy) has made a career out of playing flinty and flighty women who are often way in over their heads. In Like Crazy (La pazza gioia), which reunites her with her Human Capital director, Paolo Virzi, she finally gets to play an actual crazy person locked up in an institution and the role both fits her like a glove and again reveals what makes Tedeschi such a fascinating performer.

She shares top billing here with Virzi's other half, actress Micaela Ramazzotti (Darker than Midnight, Those Happy Years), another patient at the same establishment with whom Tedeschi's character decides to run away from it all, Thelma & Louise-style. Though not contemporary Italian cinema's definitive take on mental illnesses or institutions - that would be the epic, six-hour Cannes Un Certain Regard title The Best of Youth from 2003 - this Directors' Fortnight title is nonetheless a pleasingly warm, human and female take on the subject, shot through with Virzi's customary attention to not only the characters but also the wider socio-political background.
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Director: Paolo Virzì

Paolo Virzì (born in 1961) is an Italian author and director. He is well-known for his films Human Capital (2014) and Tutti i santi giorni (2012) and has been awarded with numerous David di Donatello prizes.

Screenplay: Paolo Virzì & Francesca Archibugi
Cast: Micaela Ramazzotti, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Valentina Carnelutti, Tommaso Ragno, Bob Messini, Bobo Rondelli, Anna Galiena, Emanuele Barresi
Production: Marco Belardi / Lotus Production
Distribution: Scanbox Entertainment