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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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Awards:
6 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Infidelity begets tolerance and eventually truth...comic and sad 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
Anne Sewitsky 
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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Aspect Ratio:
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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Trivia:
Norway's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 84th Academy Awards 2012.See more »
Soundtrack:
Nobody's Fault but MineSee more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Infidelity begets tolerance and eventually truth...comic and sad, 13 December 2013
Author: secondtake from United States

Happy, Happy (2011)

This is a modest film, for sure, and if you take the basic element of it, it's a story told many times. But it's told very well, and it has two extra layers that give it a really odd, pointed humor and pathos (both). You might reduce it all by saying: how Scandinavian. Maybe.

Most of the plot is simple. A sophisticated city couple move to the country to live for awhile. (We are never sure why, and they don't work, but it's more than just a holiday.) The wife (played by the chiseled Danish t.v. actress Maibritt Saerens) is reluctant in the opening scene, but the ground is covered with snow and it seems like a necessary adventure.

They rent a little house from a country couple who live next door, and the most famous star of the movie is this woman, a simple and idealistic kind of woman (Agnes Kittelsen). She must be the reason for the movie, because she is naive to the point of blindness to her situation (or so we are led to think). Her husband is a slightly abusive guy who gets their son on his side in affairs.

The city couple/country couple dynamic is nothing new, and it has some of the familiar expected results, including a genuine mutual admiration between the two women (one appreciating country life, the other admiring urban chic). But a rivalry also is brewing, and some infidelity results. With the nice new complication of a gay element, which I will leave vague and simply say that it happens in a very natural and almost normal way.

This is all pretty good stuff, and the making of a simple but satisfying human drama. The two additional layers change the tone of it all. The first is almost silly you would think, but in little inserts, artificially and comically positioned as markers, is a kind of Greek chorus—played by a Scandinavian barbershop quartet in English. It's hilarious and surreal. And it makes you reflect on the events as theater, not quite as a depiction of real people.

The other layer is tougher to take, and is given brief but critical screen time. The country couple has a boy of their own, and the city couple has an adopted Ethiopian child about the same age. In an apparently innocent way, the white child plays slave master to the black child, who plays slave (willingly, and with no serious physical harm). The dynamic is chilling to a viewer, and only slowly do the parents catch on (partly because they are all absorbed in their own drama). There is a terrific five second resolution to this near the end, by the city woman, and as cruel and crude as it seems, it's perfect and necessary. And it cuts through all the other crap, somehow, too.

By the end you see a kind of fable played out, and it might be a bit simple, but it's sweet and sad and funny enough to work. I liked this more than I thought I would at first.

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