Über nominated film, Paolo Virzì’s LIKE CRAZY (La Pazza Gioia) at the Cleveland International Film Festival.
Tower City Cinemas, Cleveland, OH
Friday, March 31, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Sunday, April 02, 2017 at 2:20 PM
In Paolo Virzì’s lovely, funny, bittersweet La Pazza Gioia (Like Crazy), Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, who tends to play over-wound and mentally unstable women so well that we wonder if she really is one, is the institutionalized Beatrice; Micaela Ramazzotti plays her roommate Donatella.
Bruni Tedeschi sticks with the personification we expect from her but has never done it with this amount of explosive authority. Ramazzotti displays subtle vulnerability like never before, and Virzì and fellow scriptwriter (director) Francesca Archibugi nail the dialogue in a way that tops what either of these accomplished screenwriters have achieved to date. Director of photography Vladan Radovic captures Beatrice’s true essence, the delicate flower /emotional trainwreck that never stops moving, never stops buzzing, and couldn’t if she wanted to.
Ramazzotti, on the other hand, is the polar opposite of type-cast as the deeply depressed, tattooed and anorexic Donatella and any idea that she’s riding her husband’s coat tails has been long disproved. Her performance is award-winningly intense; she’s dug down so deep into herself to achieve this level of authentic bleakness that I can imagine it was impossible to completely crawl back out at the end of the work day.
The photography is by our favorite cinematographer Vladan Radovic, who makes this clever, entertaining film so very pretty to look at.
Highly recommended, Cleveland! Don’t Miss This One!
La Pazza Gioia is nominated for:
Best Director, Paolo Virzì
Best Actress, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Micaela Ramazzotti
Best Supporting Actress, Valentina Carnelutti
Best Screenplay, Francesca Archibugi
Best Cinematography, Vladan Radovic
Best Musical Score, Carlo Virzì
Best Song, PO POPPOROPPÒ
Best Production Design, Tonino Zera
Best Costume Design, Katia Dottori; Best Hair Stylist, Daniela Tartari
Best Editing, Cecilia Zanuso
Best Sound Editing, Alessandro Bianchi
Best Makeup, Esmè Sciaroni
Young David, Paolo Virzì
Best Production, Marco Belardi