Caught The Wild Pear Tree and Happy as Lazzaro today. The Wild Pear Tree definitely feels like minor Ceylan, especially when contrasted with works like Climates and Winter Sleep. It’s the first one of his films where I really felt the length of it. Doesn’t help that most of the characters are pretty unsympathetic, it takes a lot to spend 3hrs with these people. Happy as Lazzaro on the other hand is one of the best films of 2018. It’s beautiful and sensitive with a simmering anger towards the abusive, oppressive upper class. The 16mm photography captures the rural and urban locations with such beauty, I’m so glad I got to see it on the big screen. The Wonders has me pretty excited about Rohrwacher and this confirms her as a major talent in the contemporary landscape of world cinema. After this, I’d go as far as calling her the best filmmaker working in Italy right now. See it!