Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly, Jake Gyllenhaal and Riz Ahmed… well yee haw! On this week’s episode of the Curzon podcast we go West to the dusty plains of the USA and Jacques Audiard’s The Sisters Brothers, but not before paying a visit to the tobacco fields of Italy in Alice Rohrwacher’s Happy as Lazzaro.
First up, we visit the perennially happy Lazzaro, a kind soul who would help anyone in his remote Italian village. Cut off from the outside world by a bridge that no one has the energy to fix, the inhabitants of the village are serfs to the Marchesa, whose son drafts Lazzaro into a kidnapping plot that quickly go awry.
Next we move with Jacques Audiard (A Prophet, Dheepan) to the USA where he makes his English-language debut with Western, The Sisters Brothers. Eli (John C. Reilly) and Charlie Sisters (Joaquin Phoenix) are brothers and assassins, on the trail of a chemist (Riz Ahmed) who has a formula that can highlight gold in rivers.
Discussing the films this week are Jake Cunningham, Kelly Powell, Ella Kemp and Sam Howlett.
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Produced by Jake Cunningham
Edited by Mark Towers