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Happy End (2017)

R | | Drama | 22 December 2017 (USA)
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A drama about a family set in Calais with the European refugee crisis as the backdrop.

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Gradually succumbing to dementia, George Laurent, the octogenarian patriarch of the Laurents, an affluent upper-bourgeois family, is uncomfortably sharing his palatial manor in Calais, the heart of the infamous migrant jungle, with his twice-married son, Thomas, and Anne, his workaholic daughter who has taken over the family construction business. Divorced and frigid, Anne has to handle the impact of a disastrous workplace accident caused by her disappointing son Pierre's negligence, while at the same time, the urgent hospitalisation of Thomas' ex-wife from a mysterious poisoning, leads his sulky 13-year-old daughter, Ève, to live with her father and his new wife, Anais. Undoubtedly, in this family, everyone has a skeleton in the closet, and as the fates of the Laurents enmesh with insistent and ignoble desires, a peculiar and disturbing alliance will form. But in the end, some secrets are bigger than others. Written by Nick Riganas

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Rated R for some sexual material and language | See all certifications »

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$13,600,000 (estimated)

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TRY 43,381 (Turkey) (15 October 2017)
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Austria's submission to the Foreign Language Film Award of the 90th Annual Academy Awards. See more »

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During the beach scene with Thomas and Eve, several passersby in the background are looking at the camera. See more »

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Haneke by numbers
9 November 2017 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Not vintage Haneke I would say, but even on his B game, he's more interesting than most. You recognize the visual style instantly, as it features several of those long static shots, with key action taking place at the far extent of the frame. As for the story, it's an intelligent, multi-layered drama of family dysfunction that revisits many of Haneke's favourite themes: bourgeoise malaise, social inequality, surveillance and voyeurism (this time through the prism of social media, which he clearly wants to take a pop at), euthanasia, and communication breakdown. In fact, there's so many strands to this that the ideas feel a little bit under-explored and the overall effect is an intriguing sprawl - it keeps you hooked but it's a little unfocused. The intrigue is there because it's very stingy with exposition and expects the audience to do some work in joining all the dots. Unsurprisingly, there's no happy end.


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