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Director:
Writers:
Ragnhild Tronvoll (screenplay)
Mette M. Bølstad (dramaturge)
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Release Date:
16 September 2011 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
any reason not to be?
Plot:
Family is the most important thing in the world to Kaja. She is an eternal optimist in spite of living... See more » | Add synopsis »
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4 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Agnes Kittelsen in a breakout performance; Two couples make the mistake of comparing relationships See more (9 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Agnes Kittelsen ... Kaja
Joachim Rafaelsen ... Eirik
Maibritt Saerens ... Elisabeth

Henrik Rafaelsen ... Sigve
Oskar Hernæs Brandsø ... Theodor
Ram Shihab Ebedy ... Noa
Heine Totland ... Dirigenten
Hans Martin Austestad ... Mann i dress 1
Nils Christian Fossdal ... Mann i dress 2
Håkon Rasmussen ... Mann i dress 3
Mattis Myrland ... Mann i dress 4
Oslo Reiselivskor ... Kor

Directed by
Anne Sewitsky 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mette M. Bølstad  dramaturge
Ragnhild Tronvoll  screenplay

Produced by
Synnøve Hørsdal .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stein Berge Svendsen (music composer)
 
Cinematography by
Anna Myking 
 
Film Editing by
Christoffer Heie 
 
Casting by
Celine Engebrigtsen 
Mia Jensen 
Anders Nygaard 
 
Production Design by
Camilla Lindbråten 
 
Costume Design by
Ellen Dæhli Ystehede 
 
Makeup Department
Therese Gaarde .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Nina B. Andersson .... post-production manager
Kristin Emblem .... production manager
Åshild Ariane Ramborg .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Binne Thoresen .... first assistant director
Levi Gawrock Trøite .... second assistant director
Sebastian Vatle Ugulen .... assistant director (as Sebastian Ugulen)
Jon Are Uhnger .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Christine Bozenski .... props
Tord Moberg .... carpenter
Philip Hallre Sivertsen .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Rune Baggerud .... foley recordist
Roy Fenstad .... foley artist
Gunn Tove Grønsberg .... sound designer
Gunn Tove Grønsberg .... supervising sound editor
Ketil Ronold .... boom operator: second unit
Espen Rønning .... dialogue editor
Espen Rønning .... sound effects editor
Morten Solum .... production sound mixer
Gisle Tveito .... sound re-recording mixer
Fanny Wadman .... sound effects editor
 
Visual Effects by
Kjetil Haugen .... online editor
 
Stunts
Otto Tangstad .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Erling M. Andresen .... grip (as Erling Andresen)
Henriette Berg-Thomassen .... still photographer
Andreas Grimsø .... dit wrangler
Olav Haddeland .... gaffer
Roger Haugen .... assistant camera: second unit
Odd Haugsnes .... first assistant camera
Karsten Heidar .... electrician
Mathis Ståle Mathisen .... first assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Marthe Feiring .... extras casting
Yngvill Kolset Haga .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Oddfrid Ropstad .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Raymond Gangstad .... digital conform
Svein Olav Sandem .... assistant editor
Espen Skjørdal .... post-production coordinator
Camilla Holst Vea .... colorist
 
Other crew
Madeleine Fant .... script supervisor
Stein Ove Horten .... location scout
Ann-Kristin Lian .... production secretary
Tove A. Mar .... production accountant (as Tove Mar)
Siw Skjervold .... unit publicist
Maja Storbekken .... production assistant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sykt lykkelig" - Norway (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for sexual content including brief graphic nudity
Runtime:
USA:85 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Germany:12 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:11 | Sweden:11 (DVD rating) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R
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Norway's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 84th Academy Awards 2012.See more »
Soundtrack:
Careless LoveSee more »

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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Agnes Kittelsen in a breakout performance; Two couples make the mistake of comparing relationships, 27 September 2011
Author: chaz-28 from Rockville, MD

There are four main characters in Happy, Happy because it is about two couples; however, one of them really shines through and becomes such a pleasure to watch that it really does not matter what happens with the plot or any of the other players, she is just stunning. I am talking about Agnes Kittelsen who plays Kaja. She is almost always smiling, even when there are situations when there is nothing to smile about. She exudes positive energy and cannot help it when her actions either makes someone else around her happy or rubs someone else the wrong way.

Kaja is married to Eirik (Joachim Rafaelsen) and they appear to live in the middle of nowhere Norway. They not only own their own house, but also the one next door which they rent out to people who are usually looking to get away from the city. A city couple from Denmark does exactly that when they abruptly shift from urban to rural. The new couple next door is Sigve (Henrik Rafaelsen) and Elisabeth (Maibritt Saerens). Since there is not much else to do in the immediate locale, the two couples start sharing dinners together and playing games. These games lead to uncomfortable couple comparisons which is never a good thing. Comparing your relationship to someone else's is not the way to end the evening on a high note.

During one game, it emerges that Kaja and Eirik have not had sex in over a year and that Elisabeth has recently cheated on Sigve which was a catalyst in their decision to escape to the countryside. The couples also notice the personality clashes and matches around the dinner table. Kaja and Sigve are naturally extroverted and outwardly positive. Elisabeth and Eirik are much more reserved and while not necessarily secretive, they do not have the impulse to share their feelings around the room. These situations and personalities obviously set up what may lead to adulterous liaisons, secrets, and acrimony. However, this is not a heavy handed drama about adultery and revenge. There are laughs, comedic scenes, and an overall light air around the decisions these couples make in response to one another.

Each couple also has a son, although Sigve and Elisabeth's son is adopted and black. There are scenes between the two boys, who seem to be around seven years old, which do the film no credit and do not fit. Their sequences are only peripheral to the plot and have no bearing on any central themes, which is all the more puzzling why they are even there. Their interactions disrupt the light flow and mood of the movie and should either be completely rewritten or just taken out.

Happy, Happy won the Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic World Cinema at this year's Sundance Film Festival and is also Norway's official submission for the 2012 Academy Awards. It approaches its characters with maturity and understanding, characteristics true for most Scandinavian films but frequently lacking in American ones. It is also challenging to classify Happy, Happy as just a comedy or a drama. There are not very many jokes or moments to laugh at but there are also very few emotional moments which aim for true drama either; it carves out a distinct middle ground.

I recommend Happy, Happy for those of us who like Scandinavian films and appreciate movies which take their characters seriously. Thank goodness there are no slapstick moments here which would not fit and no downright weepy 'woe is me' segments. Just lose the scenes with the kids and then you would really have a heck of film on your hands.

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