Time seems to have stood still in the remote village of Inviolata (Italian for "inviolable" or "unhurt"). In a small tobacco farming community people work as they have done for centuries. It's a small feudal society with essentially modern-day 'serfs', the unpaid peasants, and the Marchesa Alfonsina de Luna (Nicoletta Braschi), who runs her tobacco plantations with an iron fist. She has misled the farmers into believing that this is just the way things are. The farmers in turn endlessly exploit the gullibility of young Lazzaro, who cheerfully does anything anyone asks him. When he develops a friendship with Tancredi, Marchesa's son, everything changes... everything.
The successful director Alice Rohrwacher, the sister of actress Alba (starring as Antonia in this film), tells a strange and literally timeless story in which magic naturally coincides with the old Italian neorealism. Winner of the 2018 Best Screenplay Award at Cannes.