Beloved by audiences and critics at Cannes (where it was awarded the Best Screenplay prize), Alice Rohrwacher’s beautiful, much-anticipated new film is a beguiling allegory of love, loss and compassion exploring the troubled soul of Italy.
It’s summer at Inviolata, an isolated rural estate, where an extended family of tobacco farmers toil under the rule of a domineering marchesa, and where the handsome and hard-working Lazzaro (captivating newcomer Adriano Tardiolo), a young man imbued with a saint-like innocence, is alternately adored and taken advantage of. When the marchesa’s self-absorbed son, Tancredi (Luca Chikovani) first visits the fields, he senses an opportunity, and embroils Lazzaro in an audacious plan that spirals out of control and throws the estate into a complicated chaos that takes everybody by surprise.
Channelling the spirit of Pasolini, Rohrwacher’s fascinating, deeply affecting parable casts an ethereal, wondrous spell, and confirms her status as one of the most inventive and compelling voices in contemporary Italian cinema with this utterly transporting film experience.
“Poetic and achingly beautiful, this is a film with a wry and wise vision. The best film I’ve seen this year, I do urge you to seek it out.” Jason di Rosso, ABC RADIO NATIONAL
“Exceptional. A wonderful feast for the senses.” Robert W. Monk, FILMINK
“Beautiful and mysterious… it flowers into something inexpressibly moving.” Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN
“Magical… intertwines the past and the present in a work that is as exhilarating as it is sublime.” Joseph Walsh, TIME OUT LONDON
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