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La Pazza Gioia

Fortnight 2016, Feature film, 1h56


Beatrice is a blabbermouth and a so-called billionaire countess who likes to believe she’s in intimacy with world leaders. Donatella is a young quiet tattooed woman, locked in her own mystery. They are both patients of a mental institution and subject to custodial measures.
Paolo Virzì’s new film tells the story of their unpredictable friendship and their escape from the treatment constraints that will become an hilarious and moving adventure of two technically insane creatures, looking for a bit of fun and love in this open-air nuthouse, the world of healthy people.


Paolo Virzì

Italian writer, director, and producer, Paolo Virzì made his directing debut in 1994 with Living It Up which was presented at the Venice Film Festival. Among his film credits, Hardboiled Egg (1997) won the Grand Special Jury prize at the Venice Film Festival.

Bob Messini
Micaela Ramazzotti
Sergio Albelli
Tommaso Ragno
Valentina Carnelutti
Valéria Bruni Tedeschi

Francesca Archibugi, Paolo Virzì

Vladan Radovic

Alessandro Blanchi

Cecilia Zanuso

Carlo Virzì

Set decoration
Tonino Zera

Leone Film Group
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Lotus Production s.r.l. (Italie)

Ventes à l’étranger / Foreign sales
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Presse / Publicist
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Title in Original Version : Folles de joie / Like crazy

Press release


“un “Thelma et Louise” chez les désaxés” – L’Express
“un grand bazar de vie et de cinéma” – Le Monde
“A jaunty tale of mental illness shot with real verve” – Screen International
“A crazy ride” – The Hollywood Reporter
“A terrific comedy-drama” – Variety
“Due splendide matte per Paolo Virzì” – La Stampa
“une délirante équipée” – Le Figaro
“Ovazione e commozione” – Il Tempo
“un melodramma di ironica follia” – Messaggero