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Le bonheur c'est une chanson triste (2004)

Imagine it is summer and that, for the last several days, Montreal has been swimming in sweltering heat and smog. Then imagine that you are in the city's downtown core and a woman holding a... See full summary »

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Imagine it is summer and that, for the last several days, Montreal has been swimming in sweltering heat and smog. Then imagine that you are in the city's downtown core and a woman holding a small video camera approaches you. She asks you to participate in a one-question survey. Although you are slightly wary of this proposal, you stop to listen. She asks you: "What does happiness mean to you?" and awaits your answer. Go on! What are you waiting for? Answer! HAPPINESS IS A SAD SONG tells the disjointed story of Anne-Marie, an unemployed publicist pounding the pavement in Montreal with her mini-cam, collecting testimonials on the subject of happiness. It is happiness that she appears to seek, or understand to the point of being obsessed by her quest. Guided by serendipity and a series of surprising and varied encounters, Anne-Marie dives head-first into her project. She meets a medley of characters whom she engages in engrossing, thought-provoking discussions about happiness. Anne-Marie... Written by Francois delisle

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Pre-fabricated melodrama from Quebec.
23 October 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Thirty-something woman finds video camera on the street and decides to ask people what they think happiness is.

While she's at it she takes her time to act "cute", "lost" and complain for two hours about how miserable her life is. We, the audience, have to endure this experience in a DV shot film, with an irritating actress and supporting cast.

We are witness to ridiculous statements from the people she interviews, such as a lonely man, a drug addict and other stereotypical characters of urban life. The main character takes her time and gives the most irritating laughs in recent cinema.

Another "sad bastard" movie.

Avoid it.


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