Lost and Beautiful

Italy / 2015 / 87 minutes / NR

Despite death threats from the Mafia and his country’s general apathy, a humble shepherd, Tommaso, takes it upon himself to look after the abandoned Bourbon palace of Carditello, deep in the heart of the ‘Land of Fires.’ One day, Tommaso is seized by a heart attack and dies; but not before making a final wish. He summons a masked character named Pulcinella to rescue a buffalo calf called Sarchiopone from the forsaken palace. Together, man and beast, embark on a long journey through a lost and beautiful Italy, searching for something which may no longer exist. Shot on expired 16mm stock, Lost and Beautiful is a ravishing work that heralds the arrival of an extraordinary new filmmaker.


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  • "Critic's Pick! Mr. Marcello tells a simple, touching tale that seems to contain a whole cosmos of meaning."

    — A.O. Scott, The New York Times
  • "Deeply humanist and romantic. Transcendent"

    — Cinema Scope
  • "A layered, labyrinthine meditation on Italy, failure and the need to continue moving forward even in the face of the impossible."

    — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
  • "Lost and Beautiful, which some critics have connected to the lineages of both Pasolini’s neorealism and Italian painting, finds cinematic force in its fanciful telling."

    — Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment
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