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Happy End (1967)

 |  Comedy, Crime  |  10 June 1968 (USA)
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A dark comedy about a murder and its consequences presented in a backwards manner, where death is actually a rebirth. The film starts with an "execution" of the main protagonist and goes ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Vladimír Mensík ...
Butcher Bedrich Frydrych
Jaroslava Obermaierová ...
Julie
Josef Abrhám ...
Ptacek
Bohus Záhorský ...
Tchán
Stella Zázvorková ...
Tchyné
Jaroslav Stercl ...
Strázník
Helena Ruzicková ...
Cernovláska
Josef Hlinomaz ...
Komisar
Martin Ruzek ...
Zalobce
Jirí Steimar
Bedrich Prokos ...
Knéz
Mirko Musil ...
Dozorce
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lena Birková ...
Zajícová
Ilona Bradácová ...
Svagrová
Lubomír Bryg ...
Pokládnik
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A dark comedy about a murder and its consequences presented in a backwards manner, where death is actually a rebirth. The film starts with an "execution" of the main protagonist and goes back to explore his previous actions and motivations. Written by suab

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Just before the wedding scene, Bedrich and Julia wake up with the former wearing a white shirt and black pants while Julia is topless. This is way different compared to what they wore the day 'after' - Bedrich and Julia are clad in their night clothes. There is also no indication of any days passing between that and the honeymoon. See more »

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Thinking outside the box
14 August 2011 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

Have you seen Gaspar Noe's ""Irreversible"? How about Cristopher Nolan's "Memento"? Do you know of "Benjamin Button"? Well, this movie is about thirty years older and, in terms of concept, way more "outside the box" than any of the above. Plus, it's really FUNNY!

Now here's the thing. The "actual" story is about a butcher killing his wife and her lover, then being put in jail and eventually executed. But all this, you never see. What you do see, is "all this" reversed, aka the movie begins with the execution of the butcher and goes backwards from there. And when I say "backwards", I really mean backwards! People walk in reverse, talk in reverse, eat in reverse. And on top of all that, there is a voice-over narrating in real time, thus putting together a whole new, totally surreal, perversely funny story.

This is definitely one of the most interesting movies I 've ever seen. It's funny, it's original, it's a must watch.


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