WINNER: BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTOR & BEST ACTRESS, DAVID DI DONATELLO AWARDS 2017
WINNER: BEST DIRECTOR, BEST SCREENPLAY & BEST ACTRESS, ITALIAN NATIONAL SYNDICATE OF FILM JOURNALISTS 2016
WINNER: BEST SCREENPLAY, GOLDEN GLOBES ITALY 2017
WINNER: BEST ACTRESS, BEST PRODUCER & BEST ITALIAN FILM AUDIENCE AWARD, FEDERAZIONE ITALIANA CINEMA D'ESSAI 2016
Paolo Virzì’s Like Crazy is a tale of friendship, as touching and compassionate as it is free-wheeling and kinetic. Met with universal acclaim for the extraordinary performances of its leads, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Micaela Ramazzotti, as well as the exceptional screenplay which manages to balance its complex characters with honesty, humour and true emotional depth, this is a touching and unique take on friendship, freedom and mental illness.
Beatrice is a motor-mouthed fantasist, a self-styled billionaire countess who likes to believe she’s on intimate terms with world leaders. Donatella is a tattooed introvert, a fragile young woman locked in her own mystery. They are both patients at the Villa Biondi, a progressive but secure psychiatric clinic.
Paolo Virzì’s new film tells the story of the unpredictable and moving friendship that develops between the two women as they flee the mental institution in search of love and happiness in the open-air nuthouse - the world of sane people.
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Director: Paolo Virzi
Language: Italian (with English subtitles)
Run Time: 118 mins
Rating: M (Mature Themes % Course Language)
“A crowd-pleasing bittersweet comedy...A two-character outlaw adventure...A jaunty take on mental illness shot with real nerve.”
- Lisa Nesselson, Screen Daily
“Neither Valeria Bruni Tedeschi nor Micaela Ramazzotti have been better...Even tear-resistant audiences will find their cheeks damp...There may be no better dialogue writer in Italy nowadays than Virzì.”
- Jay Weissberg, variety
“A crazy ride...The role fits [Tedeschi] like a glove...Beautifully played and extremely touching.”
- Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter