Past Event20 Jul - 26 Jul 2016

Like Crazy

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The Civic


Two institutionalised women help themselves to a break from psychiatric care in this disarming blend of comedy, social observation and tender psychological drama. The latest film from Italy’s Paolo Virzì (Human Capital, NZIFF14), Like Crazy was one of the brightest surprises at Cannes this year.

At Villa Biondi, a congenial Tuscan retreat for women in recovery, the aristocratic Beatrice (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) queens it over staff and fellow patients alike. A voracious snoop and fantasist of the first order, she’s the most outrageously quick-witted liar any of them have ever met. When newcomer Donatella (Micaela Ramazzotti) is admitted to the Villa, she’s in a pitiful state. Beatrice makes the wretched Donatella her project. She love-bombs the younger woman, dragging her out on a rather classy crime spree, assuming perhaps that her own fabulous self-entitlement will prove inspiring. Over the course of several crazy days they pay calls on some of the key contributors to their current plights. What we learn along the way fleshes out movingly realistic pictures of them both. A great script, two bewitching performances and a superb supporting cast earn our tears and our laughter in equal measure.

"A terrific comedy-drama about two women in a mental institution that avoids the pitfalls such a scenario could encounter… Boasting a deliriously loquacious script together with a rare understanding of how to balance certain Italian caricatures with a grounding sense of realism… Neither Valeria Bruni Tedeschi nor Micaela Ramazzotti have been better." - Jay Weissberg, Variety

Like Crazy

La pazza gioia
Italy/France 2016 
116 mins
In Italian with English subtitles

Director: Paolo Virzì

Producer: Marco Belardi

Screenplay: Francesca Archibugi, Paolo Virzì

Photography: Vladan Radovic

Editor: Cecilia Zanuso

Production designer: Tonino Zera

Costume designer: Catia Dottori

Music: Carlo Virzì

With: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (Beatrice Morandini Valdirana), Micaela Ramazzotti (Donatella Morelli), Valentina Carnelutti (Fiamma Zappa), Tommaso Ragno (Giorgio Lorenzini), Bob Messini (Pierluigi Aitiani), Sergio Albelli (Torrigiani), Anna Galiena (Luciana Morelli), Marisa Borini (La Signora Morandini Valdirana), Marco Messeri (Floriano Morelli), Bobo Rondelli (Renato Corsi)

Festivals: Cannes (Directors’ Fortnight) 2016

For tickets and details about films at other venues, please visit the New Zealand International Film Festival website.

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