Directed by: Paolo Virzì
Starring: Micaela Ramazzotti, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi & Valentina Carnelutti
Running Time: 118 mins
All they wanted was a little bit of happiness.
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. The 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.