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16 May 1997 (USA) See more »
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Seule, une femme pouvait oser faire ce film
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Francois is a young carpenter married with Therese. They have two little children. All goes well, life is beautiful... See more » | Add synopsis »
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3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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A Brilliant and Provocative Film See more (22 total) »

Cast

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Jean-Claude Drouot ... François Chevalier
Claire Drouot ... Thérèse Chevalier
Olivier Drouot ... Pierrot Chevalier
Sandrine Drouot ... Gisou Chevalier
Marie-France Boyer ... Émilie Savignard
Marcelle Faure-Bertin (as Marcelle Favre-Bertin)
Manon Lanclos
Sylvia Saurel (as Sylvie Saurel)
Marc Eyraud ... Le frère de François
Christian Riehl
Paul Vecchiali ... Paul
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yvonne Dany ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Agnès Varda 
 
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Agnès Varda 

Produced by
Mag Bodard .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jean-Michel Defaye 
 
Cinematography by
Claude Beausoleil 
Jean Rabier 
 
Film Editing by
Janine Verneau 
 
Production Design by
Hubert Monloup 
 
Costume Design by
Claude François 
 
Makeup Department
Serge Groffe .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Pascal Bazart .... assistant production manager
Michel Choquet .... unit production manager
Philippe Dussart .... production manager
Jeanne Marie Olivier .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean-Paul Savignac .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Joseph Gerhard .... set designer
Charles Merangel .... set designer
 
Sound Department
Antoine Bonfanti .... sound assistant
Robert Cambourakis .... sound assistant
Louis Hochet .... sound
Alex Pront .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Yves Agostini .... assistant camera: to Claude Beausoleil
Paul Bonis .... assistant camera: to Jean Rabier
Marcel Dindault .... gaffer
Bernard Largemain .... key grip
Jean-Louis Malige .... assistant camera: to Claude Beausoleil
Helga Romanoff .... still photographer
Claude Zidi .... assistant camera: to Jean Rabier
Claude Zidi .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laurence Clairval .... wardrobe
Agnès Soulet .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Daniele Grimberg .... assistant editor (as Danielle Grimberg)
Martha Lourdes Osorio .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart .... music (as W.A. Mozart)
 
Other crew
Francine Corteggiani .... continuity
Annie Maurel .... assistant script
Ursule Molinaro .... english subtitles: US release version
Catherine Savignac .... assistant script
 

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Also Known As:
"Le bonheur" - France (original title)
"Happiness" - International (English title) (informal literal English title), USA (informal literal English title)
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France:79 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia:
The movie François and Therese are going to see starring Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau is Viva Maria! (1965)See more »
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Features Picnic on the Grass (1959)See more »
Soundtrack:
Clarinet Quintet in A - KV 581See more »

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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A Brilliant and Provocative Film, 8 July 2002
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

"It all adds up", says Francois to his mistress Emilie, explaining why he can love her and his wife Therese and his children equally. In her brilliant and provocative 1965 film, Le Bonheur, Agnes Varda (The Gleaners and I, Vagabond, Cleo From 5 to 7), raises the question of whether "open marriage" can work and answers it with a definite "maybe".

As the film opens, a carpenter, Francois (Jean-Claude Drouot), and his young (real-life) family are experiencing a Sunday afternoon picnic in the park. Shot in pastels and making use of exquisite color fades, Ms. Varda immerses us in the flowers, trees, and lakes of the French countryside. We are lulled by Mozart's languid Clarinet Quintet, yet soon sense that something is amiss. Communication appears superficial and few feelings are expressed. This mood carries over to the scene in their apartment complex where, in a family gathering that includes aunts and uncles, not much happens in the way of conversation.

When Francois is away on business, he meets an attractive telephone operator named Emilie. Soon he declares his love for her and claims that he has enough love within him to include her in his life, "I love you both and if I met you first, you would be my wife". Being honest and open, Francois tells Therese that he has loved another woman for over a month, but says that his love for her and his family remains stronger than ever. The love that Francois experiences is - the film states again and again - a natural occurrence, an addition, not a subtraction. However, Therese cannot separate herself from what has become her identity as wife and mother, leading to tragic consequences. She was, in the words of the lovely song, "Tree of Life", "only known as someone's mother, someone's daughter, or someone's wife."

At the end of the film, Mozart's Clarinet Quintet is replaced by the darker Adagio and Fugue in C Minor. Francois replaces one woman with another and continues his life without reflection, guilt, or self-doubt. In Le Bonheur, the characters are painfully pure and do not question their actions. Perhaps Ms.Varda is saying that, for Francois, happiness is seamless, that it will continue regardless, and that, in his world, people are simply viewed as interchangeable parts. In Varda's words, happiness is "a beautiful fruit that tastes of cruelty".

Agnès Varda's has said, "In my films, I always wanted to make people see deeply. I don't want to show things, but to give people the desire to see". One of the seminal works of the French New Wave, Le Bonheur was audacious in its day and still leaves us unsettled, 37 years later, yet able to see more deeply.

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