Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

LIKE CRAZY
(La pazza gioia)

 

Year: 2016
Country: ITALY, FRANCE
Run Time: 118 minutes

LIKE CRAZY
LIKE CRAZY
LIKE CRAZY
LIKE CRAZY

High-spirited Beatrice lives in a residential psychiatric facility due to her grandiose (and delusional) perceptions of reality. Her fiery, outsized personality contrasts with that of moody and medicated new patient Donatella, who’s prone to depression and has a violent secret in her past. Still, the women form an unlikely alliance after they impulsively escape the facility while working a day job at a plant nursery. This friendship only strengthens and deepens as they commit petty crimes to survive while on the lam and try to reckon with their complex family histories and personal demons. LIKE CRAZY casts no judgment on Beatrice and Donatella’s mental health challenges. In fact, the film is sympathetic to each woman’s troubled situation, which ensures that Donatella’s tumultuous relationship with her absent son emerges as the film’s most touching and wrenching plot element. In the end, LIKE CRAZY shows that surface truths and actions can be deceiving, and even the most fractured lives can start to heal if given a second chance. (In Italian with subtitles) —A.Z.

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Director
Paolo Virzì

Paolo Virzì was born in Livorno, Tuscany, Italy in 1964. He studied screenwriting at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. He also writes and produces. LIKE CRAZY earned five 2016 Nastro d'Argento awards, including Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Script.

Filmography
"La bella vita" (1994), "Ferie d'agosto" (1996), "Hardboiled Egg" (1997), "Baci e abbracci" (1999), "La strana coppia. Incontro con Age e Scarpelli" (2001), "My Name Is Tanino" (2002), "Caterina In The Big City" (2003), "N (Io e Napoleone)" (2006), "Tutta la vita davanti" (2008), "L'uomo che aveva picchiato la testa" (2009), "The First Beautiful Thing" (2010), "Every Blessed Day" (2012), "Human Capital" (2013), LIKE CRAZY (2016)

Producer
Marco Belardi

Screenwriting
Francesca Archibugi, Paolo Virzì

Cinematography
Vladan Radovic

Editing
Cecilia Zanuso

Principal Cast
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Micaela Ramazzotti, Valentina Carnelutti, Tommaso Ragno, Bob Messini, Sergio Albelli, Anna Galiena, Marisa Borini, Marco Messeri, Bobo Rondelli

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