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24 December 2003 (France) See more »
Val is 23 years old and full of dreams. She travels to New York to become an actress. She is lonely in a strange country... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Audrey Tautou ... Val Chipzik

Justin Theroux ... Jack

Jennifer Tilly ... Edna

Laila Robins ... Irene

Catherine Curtin ... Beatrix (as Cathy Curtin)

Frank Pellegrino ... Bernie

Jenna Lamia ... Sparkle

Juan Carlos Hernández ... Eddie

Bruce MacVittie ... Benito

Joe Zaloom ... Karim
Karen Evans Kandel ... Studio Executive (as Karen Kandel)

Cherita Armstrong ... Hooker

Yusef Bulos ... Flower Shop Owner
Umit Celebi ... Waiter
Jenny Sterlin ... Speech Teacher

Alice Liu ... Chinese woman
Adam Stein ... Director
Andrew Weems ... 1st Casting Director
Daniel Oreskes ... 2nd Casting Director

Tom Parker ... Actor
Jeffrey Carlson ... Luke

Vickie Tanner ... Waitres
Mark Fairchild ... Diner Manager

Andrew Benator ... Lawyer
J. Edward Cecala ... MC (as Joe Edward Cecala)
Michael Kaycheck ... Cop (as Mike Kaycheck)
Ryan Shogren ... Young Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brianne Berkson ... Mimi
Nicole Crowley ... Skater 1
Marc Fogel ... Featured boyfriend

Matthew Lawler ... Tommy Helbeck

Dani Marco ... Hunchback

Jim Parsons ... Casting assistant
Alyssa Rose ... Skater 2 (as Alyssa O'Keefe)

Bill Sorice ... Waiter

Matt Clifford ... Art Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Amos Kollek 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Amos Kollek  writer

Produced by
Jean-Michel Dissard .... associate producer
Christine Gozlan .... executive producer
Avram Ludwig .... producer
Frédéric Robbes .... producer
Alain Sarde .... producer
Rob York .... line producer
Cinematography by
Ken Kelsch 
Film Editing by
Luc Barnier 
Jeff Harkavy  (as Jeffrey Marc Harkavy)
Casting by
Susan Shopmaker 
Production Design by
Deana Sidney 
Set Decoration by
Lisa Scoppa 
Costume Design by
Kathryn Nixon 
Makeup Department
Brian Abbott .... assistant makeup artist
Elizabeth Dahl .... makeup artist
Lorraine Godfrey .... hair department head
Lorraine Godfrey .... makeup department head
Ildiko Juhasz .... assistant makeup artist
David Kalahiki .... assistant makeup artist
Leza Ann Rawlins .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Gary Granger .... unit production manager
Mark L. Pederson .... production manager (as Mark Pederson)
Mark Santora .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Josh Newport .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Andrea Goldfein .... property master
Sound Department
Seth Granger .... boom operator
Stefan Korte .... dialogue editor
Stefan Korte .... re-recording mixer
Philipp Sellier .... foley recordist
Kai Storck .... dialogue editor
Guido Zettier .... sound designer
Guido Zettier .... supervising sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Hollis .... assistant camera
Matt King .... grip
Dennis A. Livesey .... director of photography: additional photography
Dennis A. Livesey .... first assistant camera
Brian Nisbett .... best boy electric
Brian Pryzpek .... gaffer
Randy Schwartz .... camera loader
Casting Department
Judy Bowman .... casting associate
Erica Palgon .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Wendy Hagedorn .... assistant costume designer
Location Management
Michael Fucci .... location manager
Music Department
Chico Freeman .... music producer
Other crew
Walter DeForest .... key production assistant
Sherry Greenberg .... production consultant
Roman Jaquez .... production assistant
Tiffany Mills .... choreographer
Christopher T. Sadler .... animal wrangler
Aldey Sanchez .... production assistant
Ryan Schafer .... production assistant
Larry Ware .... production assistant (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Happy End" - France, Germany, USA
"I Want to Be Famous" - Singapore (English title)
"Хеппи-энд" - Russia
"All the Way to the Top" - Brazil (cable TV title)
"Happy End" - Sweden (DVD title)
"Happy End" - Italy
"Happy End" - Poland (imdb display title)
"Happy End" - Greece (DVD title)
"Happy End" - Hungary (imdb display title)
"Quero Ser Famosa" - Portugal (imdb display title)
"Quiero ser famosa" - Argentina (video title)
"Tu mi ami" - Italy
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Japan:98 min | Argentina:88 min
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10 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
disaster, 30 January 2005
Author: Andro ( from Moscow, Russia

It's quite unfortunate that some artists who are perfectly cast in the movie that brings them fame end up being victims of that particular memorable performance. That is, they are identified with one single character which casts a shadow over their remaining career. Great artists manage to overcome this barrier, whereas artists who are limited in characters they could effectively portray move the wrong way. Downwards. Self-destructing themselves. Audrey Tautou belongs to the latter category. She gave it all to Amelie Poulain. And even though the movies that followed "Amelie" were not bad, excitement that surrounded her eventually declined. Before being re-cast by Jean-Pierre Jeunet in "A Very Long Engagement", where Tautou portrays a dry variation of our beloved Amelie Poulain, Tautou chose to take part in a disaster called "Nowhere to Go But Up". Basically, the movie behind this review. "Nowhere to Go But Up", I dare say, is prosaic characterized by a banal script and disastrous acting. Nevertheless, it's somewhat hard to say which is worse, the tasteless movie itself or Audrey Tautou who explicitly demonstrates her numerous shortcomings as an actress.

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