Beatrice (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) is a charming extrovert and outrageous liar living in a Tuscan psychiatric clinic, Villa Biondi.
She forms an unlikely friendship with fragile newcomer Donatella (Micaela Ramazzotti), a painfully thin and tattooed creature who is tormented with thoughts of the young son who was taken away from her.
When the clinic’s mini-bus is late to collect them from their work at a local plant nursery, the pair seize the opportunity to embark on a glorious Thelma-and-Louise escapade.
In Like Crazy writer-director Paolo Virzi has created a funny and compassionate film about two psychologically damaged women as they relish their temporary freedom in a chaotic ride through the Tuscan countryside.
They jump on a passing bus, evading the pursuing Villa Biondi staff, breeze through a shopping mall, hitch a ride to a pulsing nightclub, dine at an elegant restaurant with great style but no cash, join a film shoot as extras and drive off in the film-makers’ car.
Beatrice projects the confidence of someone used to money and position but has a tenuous grip on reality. Her brazen impersonations are momentarily convincing but inevitably end in quick discovery.
As she and Donatello deepen their relationship they learn more about each other’s traumas and do what they can to confront the issues which have affected them so deeply.
Tedeschi is brilliant as the exuberant Beatrice, with her non-stop cascades of words, and Ramazzotti gives a touching portrayal as the fragile Donatella.
Director Virzi collaborated with Francesca Archibugi to write the witty screenplay.
The film is in Italian with English subtitles.
Like Crazy is now screening at UWA Somerville Auditorium until 12 February and at ECU Joondalup Pines from February 14-19.
Watch the trailer…