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Le bonheur c'est une chanson triste (2004)

Imagine it is summer and that, for the last several days, Montreal has been swimming in sweltering heat and smog. Then imagine that you are in the city's downtown core and a woman holding a... See full summary »

Director:

François Delisle

Writer:

François Delisle (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Joseph Bellerose ... Passant
Anne-Marie Cadieux ... Anne-Marie
Frédérick De Grandpré ... Pascal
Boucar Diouf
Stéphane Krau ... Marco
Miro Lacasse Miro Lacasse ... Stéphane (as Miro)
Micheline Lanctôt ... Bus driver
Marco Ledezma ... Raoul
Kent McQuaid Kent McQuaid ... Mike
Luc Proulx
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Imagine it is summer and that, for the last several days, Montreal has been swimming in sweltering heat and smog. Then imagine that you are in the city's downtown core and a woman holding a small video camera approaches you. She asks you to participate in a one-question survey. Although you are slightly wary of this proposal, you stop to listen. She asks you: "What does happiness mean to you?" and awaits your answer. Go on! What are you waiting for? Answer! HAPPINESS IS A SAD SONG tells the disjointed story of Anne-Marie, an unemployed publicist pounding the pavement in Montreal with her mini-cam, collecting testimonials on the subject of happiness. It is happiness that she appears to seek, or understand to the point of being obsessed by her quest. Guided by serendipity and a series of surprising and varied encounters, Anne-Marie dives head-first into her project. She meets a medley of characters whom she engages in engrossing, thought-provoking discussions about happiness. Anne-Marie... Written by Francois delisle

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Drama

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Country:

Canada

Language:

French

Release Date:

28 May 2004 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Happiness Is a Sad Song See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Budget:

CAD450,000 (estimated)
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Films 53/12 See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Connections

References Chronicle of a Summer (1961) See more »

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Unusual, quirky movie
15 April 2005 | by Red-125See all my reviews

Le Bonheur c'est une chanson triste (2004) is a film written, produced, and directed by François Delisle. It played at the 2005 Cinefranco Film Festival in Toronto (www.cinefranco.com). The premise is seemingly simple: Anne-Marie Cadieux plays Anne-Marie, a former ad agency art director. Anne-Marie has gotten out of the advertising rat race, but hasn't really gone on to the next step. She prowls the streets of Montreal, asking people, "What is happiness?" and recording their responses. Most of the people she talks to are hot, rushed, and hostile. Some are shy, some are garrulous, some are friendly.

This film is worth seeing because the premise is so unusual. It's not a masterpiece, but I'm glad I saw it.


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