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Seule, une femme pouvait oser faire ce film
Francois is a young carpenter married with Therese. They have two little children. All goes well, life is beautiful... See more » | Add synopsis »
3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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‘Ida,’ ‘Leviathan’ Top European Film Awards Nominations
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European Film Academy to Honor Agnes Varda
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Are these real people or images in a magazine, or are they vampires? See more (22 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
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
(in alphabetical order)
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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France:79 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The movie François and Therese are going to see starring Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau is Viva Maria! (1965)See more »
Movie Connections:
Features Picnic on the Grass (1959)See more »
Adagio and Fugue in C minor - KV 546See more »


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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Are these real people or images in a magazine, or are they vampires?, 19 September 2010
Author: Felonious-Punk from United States

This movie is rich! One of the richest out of the thousands I've seen. I had to pause it after every scene just to catch my breath and to digest the images and emotions that came from the screen. It is less like watching a movie and more like going to a painting exhibit of newly discovered Renoirs and Monets. The beauty and the music simply got my heart thumping, and then, all I can say is that the plot seems to emerge out of the art direction. Genius!

It is impossible for me to free my mind now from the images, which are startlingly fresh, in the way that "Letyat zhuravli" (The Cranes are Flying) was in 1957, or the opening shot of "Cleo de 5 a 7" was in 1962. The composition of every shot is immaculately precise in the manner of Jacques Tati's "Monsieur Hulot" movies, or Godard's "Une femme mariee" (1964) or the magazine industry, but Agnes Varda's movie is greater than all of these, because whereas those are static, motionless, almost feeling-less projects, hers has somehow managed to come across fluidly, effortlessly, vividly as anything before or after until the works of Kieslowski. It felt like I was watching a scene out of some family's life in heaven, and then, one of the children looks at the camera and offers some fruit, as if Varda is winking at us and saying, "Enjoy, come in. Be a part of our wonderful time." Can life really be so wonderful as it is in this movie? The movie goes on to probe that very question. And I am better for it.

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