(The Crazy Joy – Like Crazy)
This elegantly made film is the perfect vehicle for the vibrant talents of Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Micaela Ramazzotti, playing patients in a mental institution who in true Thelma & Louise style decide to make a bid for freedom. Their escape is not pre-planned, but rather a spontaneous decision that sees them head off on a warm-hearted series of adventures very much based around a need for freedom and the women’s need to deal with unresolved issues in their lives. Both actresses deliver delightful and vibrant performances, with Paolo VirzÃ¬’s film strikingly human and thoughtful and made with real compassion and warmth.
Running time about 111 minutes
Directed by Paolo Virzi
In Italian with English Subtitles
Released in Italy in 2016