Screened as part of NZIFF 2016

Like Crazy 2016

La pazza gioia

Directed by Paolo Virzì World

“This high-energy romp is a superb showcase for its two lead actresses as they impetuously extend a group outing from the residential clinic into a two-character outlaw adventure.” — Lisa Nesselson, Screendaily

France / Italy In Italian with English subtitles
116 minutes CinemaScope / DCP




Marco Belardi


Francesca Archibugi
Paolo Virzì


Vladan Radovic


Cecilia Zanuso

Production designer

Tonino Zera

Costume designer

Catia Dottori


Carlo Virzì


Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (Beatrice Morandini Valdirana)
Micaela Ramazzotti (Donatella Morelli)
Valentina Carnelutti (Fiamma Zappa)
Tommaso Ragno (Giorgio Lorenzini)
Bob Messini (Pierluigi Aitiani)
Sergio Albelli (Torrigiani)
Anna Galiena (Luciana Morelli)
Marisa Borini (La Signora Morandini Valdirana)
Marco Messeri (Floriano Morelli)
Bobo Rondelli (Renato Corsi)


Cannes (Directors’ Fortnight) 2016

Two institutionalised women help themselves to a break from psychiatric care in this disarming blend of comedy, social observation and tender psychological drama. The latest film from Italy’s Paolo Virzì (Human Capital, NZIFF14), Like Crazy was one of the brightest surprises at Cannes this year.

At Villa Biondi, a congenial Tuscan retreat for women in recovery, the aristocratic Beatrice (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) queens it over staff and fellow patients alike. A voracious snoop and fantasist of the first order, she’s the most outrageously quick-witted liar any of them have ever met. When newcomer Donatella (Micaela Ramazzotti) is admitted to the Villa, she’s in a pitiful state. Beatrice makes the wretched Donatella her project. She love-bombs the younger woman, dragging her out on a rather classy crime spree, assuming perhaps that her own fabulous self-entitlement will prove inspiring. Over the course of several crazy days they pay calls on some of the key contributors to their current plights. What we learn along the way fleshes out movingly realistic pictures of them both. A great script, two bewitching performances and a superb supporting cast earn our tears and our laughter in equal measure.

“A terrific comedy-drama about two women in a mental institution that avoids the pitfalls such a scenario could encounter… Boasting a deliriously loquacious script together with a rare understanding of how to balance certain Italian caricatures with a grounding sense of realism… Neither Valeria Bruni Tedeschi nor Micaela Ramazzotti have been better.” — Jay Weissberg, Variety