Like Crazy

A big, crowd-pleasing performance from Valeria Bruni Tedeschi lights up this conventionally scripted drama by writer-director Paolo Virzi, his follow-up to the more ambiguous and complex Human Capital (2013). Tedeschi plays a proud Italian noblewoman confined to a mental hospital on the grounds of an estate her family once owned; when a striking young woman, played by Micaela Ramazzotti, arrives at the hospital after slashing her wrists, the older one recruits her for a series of mad adventures and ultimately uncovers the tragedy that drove her to attempt suicide. Sexy and grand, Tedeschi shines in the Cuckoo’s Nest comedy of the early scenes, though the movie’s anarchic spirit is sapped by the steadily mounting melodrama. In Italian with subtitles.