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Happiness (1998)

The lives of several individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection.

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A woman breaks up with her boyfriend, he thinks it's because he's fat. A man is unable to tell her next door neighbor he finds her sexually attractive. An old couple wants to split up, but they don't want to get a divorce. A therapist masturbates to teen magazines. An 11 year old kid is insecure about the fact that he hasn't cum yet. Office workers try to recall the face of a coworker who recently died. A woman is sure she has everything she could ever want. The lives of these individuals intertwine as they go about their lives in their own unique ways, engaging in acts society as a whole might find disturbing in a desperate search for human connection. Written by anonymous

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16 October 1998 (USA)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$30,230 (USA) (9 October 1998)

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$3,000,000 (USA)
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Todd Solondz: as the doorman in Allen, Helen, and Kristina's building. See more »

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When the police officers are sitting in Bill Maplewood's house. See more »

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Allen: Are you wet? Is your pussy all wet?
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Referenced in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2009 (2009) See more »

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You Light Up My Life
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Written by Joe Brooks
Courtesy of Pair Records
By special arrangement with Passport International
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A brilliant movie, but not for everyone.
15 March 2000 | by (San Diego) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best movies I've ever seen, but I would hesitate to recommend it to people whom I don't know pretty well. It explores aspects of life and living (and suffering) that most films avoid or actively deny. And it does so brilliantly. The characters are vividly real, and there is such a strong sense of situations unfolding in real time that it's truly mesmerising. I felt like a fly on the wall, eavesdropping on conversations I could never hear otherwise. I think many people would absolutely hate this movie, partly because it doesn't pass judgement on behaviours that are repulsive to the bulk of humanity, and partly because it exposes us to them at all.


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