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Release Date:
16 May 1997 (USA) See more »
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Seule, une femme pouvait oser faire ce film
Plot:
Francois is a young carpenter married with Therese. They have two little children. All goes well, life is beautiful... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Sheer beauty and subversion See more (25 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 
 
Writing credits
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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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Additional Details

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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Runtime:
France:79 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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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 »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: Therese states that they can see a new movie with Jeanne Moreau and Brigitte Bardot. That movie would have to be Viva Maria. However, Viva Maria was released in November 1965 while this film was released in February 1965. Therese could not see a movie at that time that wouldn't be released for nine more months.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Irma la Douce (1963)See more »
Soundtrack:
Adagio and Fugue in C minor - KV 546See more »

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34 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Sheer beauty and subversion, 2 March 2000
Author: Luke Joplin (lukejoplin@infolink.com.br) from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

At first sight, Le Bonheur seems just a conventional film, with everything being too perfect. Each single frame is a beautiful picture in composition and color. We see a happily married couple, with charming and beautiful children, nice family picnics in the country, the sublime music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in two of his most beautiful pieces (Adagio and Fugue in C minor and the Clarinet Quintet). Happiness (Bonheur) and harmony is everywhere.

But then the husband meets another woman, very different from his wife, falls in love with her, and proposes a thesis: for him, happiness is not a subtractive affair - it all adds up. After being in love with his new lover, he manages to love his wife and children even more. Love, happiness, harmony should never be too much, Agnès Varda seems to say. But is it possible? Or, better: do people make it possible? Shouldn't it be possible?

That's why this apparently bourgeois film is, in fact, revolutionary. It proposes a new vision on certain matters that is, ultimately, extremely subversive. And it does so in a most contrasting environment.

That said, it has some of the most gorgeous images in film to look at. The use of colour is amazing. And, exactly for being so beautiful, the conclusion is so shocking.

In short: one of the most important films in History, one of the most subversive, and certainly one of the most beautiful. We can only say: thank you, Agnès Varda, for making it. Hope people will understand it better, in the future, and grasp the challenge you have cast.

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