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Happy Now (2001)

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A teenage girl whose eerie resemblance to a local Welsh beauty queen killed 14 years earlier disturbs one of the men responsibile for her accidental death.

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Philip Howe ...
Sterling Davies
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Jenny Thomas / Nicky Trent
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Hank Thomas
Sioned Jones ...
Mary Thomas (as Sioned Joned)
John Henshaw ...
Pete Copsey
Vicki Randall ...
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Glen Marcus
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Joe Jones
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Mark Wraith (as Jonathan Rhys Myers)
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Tina Trent
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Tin Man
Anthony Bate ...
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Max Bracchi
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Bronwyn Race
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All grown up and gunning for political power in a small North Wales community, Glen Marcus and his best mate harbour a dark secret which seems to be coming back to haunt them. But can the daughter of Tina Trent, a local woman just returned from Alaska, be the same girl the two lads buried fourteen years earlier? Only local policeman Max Bracchi can solve the case with the help of a wrongly accused tramp, Tin Man. Written by Anonymous

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25 October 2002 (Spain)  »

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Another Welsh Farce
25 November 2001 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

After Sara Sugarman and Darren Ripley you might have thought that SGRIN and The Welsh Arts Council would have had enough of camp, self effacing comedians - but no, despite its chocolate box wrapping, Phillipa Cousins debut effort fails to raise many laughs and succeeds in compounding negative welsh stereotypes. I suppose the success of Kevin Allen's cult hit Twin Town started this movement but I wish it would end, quickly.

On a more positive note, there are many promising elements in Happy Now. The locations have been well chosen and atmospherically photographed in cinemascope by Richard Greatrex. The sound design and music are also noticeably good.

In fact the production values as a whole make Happy Now feel like Hollywood. The strongest scenes include the cult sacrifice of a cat and the engagement of a local black magician to 'disappear' the films young protagonist . If only Happy Now had dropped its knowing self parody and tackled more seriously the darker ingredients of its story it might well have achieved its ambition be 'a Welsh Twin Peaks'.


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