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Like Crazy

Paolo Virzì
La pazza gioia
Italy, France 2016 / 118’
Last Days of Louis XIV Lost in Munich

Following his excursion into the dark world of crime with Human Capital, Paolo Virzi is back with a new comedy. In Like Crazy, the Italian director tells the story of two friends who decide to make a daring escape from a psychiatric hospital. We come to like Beatrice and Donatella right from the start-even in the most trying situations, they never lose their charm or class. That these eccentric characters remain believable is undeniably the achievement of the actresses, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Micaela Ramazzotti, the latter of which is married to the director. Like Crazy is also impressive in terms of its precision: while maintaining a fast pace filled with plenty of twists and turns, the film never gets out of control, not even for a moment. While the movie's main strength is obviously its humor, it would not be Virzi if he did not add an extra layer to this seemingly light story. While recovering between gags, it is impossible not to reflect on how thin the line is separating what is considered normal from what is going too far.

Piotr Czerkawski


David di Donatello Awards – Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi), Sofia IFF 2017 – Audience Award, Valladolid IFF 2016 – Best Film, Best Actress (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Micaela Ramazzotti), Audience Award

Paolo Virzì

Born in Livorno in 1964, Paolo Virzi is an Italian director, screenwriter, and producer. In 1987, he completed his studies in Screenwriting at the prestigious Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome. He made his full-length feature debut with Living It Up (1994), following which he was praised for his ability to direct actors and to combine comedy and drama. Since then, Virzi has become one of the most important filmmakers in Italy, a status he has solidified by winning several David di Donatello awards, the so-called Italian Oscars.


1994 La Bella Vita / Living It Up

1997 Ovosodo/ Hardboiled Egg

2008 Tutta la vita davanti / A Whole Life Ahead

2010 Coś pięknego / La prima cosa bella / The First Beautiful Thing

2013 Kapitał ludzki / Il capitale umano / Human Capital

2016 Zwariować ze szczęścia / Like Crazy / La pazza gioia

Cast & Crew

director Paolo Virzì
screenplay Paolo Virzì, Francesca Archibugi
cinematography Vladan Radovic
editing Cecilia Zanuso
music Carlo Virzi
cast Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Micaela Ramazzotti, Valentina Carnelutti
producer Marco Belardi
production Lotus Productions, Manny Films, Motorino Amaranto
Polish distributor Against Gravity
language Italian
colouration colour