MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 360 this week

Happy End (2011)

6.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.0/10 from 300 users  
Reviews: 1 user | 6 critic

A fairytale for adults. It's about five people with an important liaison to one another. The characters are all avoiding being truthful about the realities of their lives and waiting for ... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 183 titles
created 20 Jul 2011
 
a list of 466 titles
created 14 Jan 2012
 
a list of 3024 titles
created 16 Nov 2012
 
a list of 486 titles
created 30 Aug 2013
 
a list of 1049 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Happy End" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Happy End (2011)

Happy End (2011) on IMDb 6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Happy End.
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Vi (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

This is a story of IDA and KRISTER. It's about a relationship that goes to hell. They are both crazy in love but manage to strangle the supply of oxygen and adapt to each other in a way that will lead to catastrophic consequences.

Director: Mani Maserrat Agah
Stars: Gustaf Skarsgård, Anna Åström, Rebecca Ferguson
Daybreak (2003)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Sweden, shortly before Christmas. Surgeon Rickard is told the job he expected goes to a Dane, because of his substance abuse. It's too late to cancel dinner with his in-laws. The guest ... See full summary »

Director: Björn Runge
Stars: Pernilla August, Jakob Eklund, Leif Andrée
Iskariot (2008)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A doctor is pulled into Stockholm's underbelly after his brother gets caught up in a botched drug deal.

Director: Miko Lazic
Stars: Gustaf Skarsgård, Michael Nyqvist, Helena af Sandeberg
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The teenage girl Vera left her family after an incident at home, and is now living with a middle-aged drug addict, Morgan, who is using her as a prostitute to get money for drugs and debts.... See full summary »

Director: Björn Runge
Stars: Peter Andersson, Marie Richardson, Sofia Westberg
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A soldier returning from war is hired by her own father to drive his prostitutes around town. She calls upon herself to help one of them.

Director: Annette K. Olesen
Stars: Trine Dyrholm, Lorna Brown, Finn Nielsen
Room 304 (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

In a Copenhagen hotel, disparate lives intersect through accident or fate: A stewardess desperate for intimacy. An immigrant obsessed with revenge. A hotel manager lost in despair. A wife ... See full summary »

Director: Birgitte Stærmose
Stars: Mikael Birkkjær, Stine Stengade, David Dencik
Autumn Blood (2013)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

High in the Mountains, a widowed mother dies, leaving her two children orphaned. Fearing being split up they keep their mother's death a secret. They survive until villagers destroy their innocence when they brutally assault the girl. Now the siblings must come of age to protect each other and survive.

Director: Markus Blunder
Stars: Sophie Lowe, Peter Stormare, Maximilian Harnisch
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Selma's mother died giving birth to her, and Selma's step aunt is living proof that men only cause trouble. So the 11 year old girl makes a deal with her best friends that they will stay ... See full summary »

Director: Torun Lian
Stars: Lars Brunborg, Tobias Bøksle, Celine Engebrigtsen
Trust Me (2010)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A comical fresco on human misdemeanors and betrayals... A film about our right to not be perfect.

Director: Johan Kling
Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, Gustaf Skarsgård, Gitte Witt
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A Swedish gay couple adopt what they think is an 18-month-old orphan, only to meet their new son, a 15-year-old homophobic delinquent.

Director: Ella Lemhagen
Stars: Gustaf Skarsgård, Torkel Petersson, Tom Ljungman
The Big Leap (2013)
Short | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Three people meet at the top of a skyscraper. They have the same intention - to commit suicide due to a major financial crisis. The conflict quickly deepens when they discover that they all... See full summary »

Director: Kristoffer Rus
Stars: Arkadiusz Jakubik, Tilly Scott Pedersen, Gustaf Skarsgård
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Åke Sandgren
Stars: Sofia Ledarp, Jonas Karlsson, Rolf Lassgård
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Ann Petrén ...
Jonna
Malin Buska ...
Katrine
...
Peter
Johan Widerberg ...
Asger
...
Mårten
Mariah Kanninen ...
Hanne
...
Richard
Fredric Gildea ...
Zidan
Hanna Malmberg ...
Nina
...
Kvinnlig psykolog
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stefan Cronwall ...
Trafikskolelärare
...
Elev Josefin
Edit

Storyline

A fairytale for adults. It's about five people with an important liaison to one another. The characters are all avoiding being truthful about the realities of their lives and waiting for some miracle to happen. Instead of optimistically continuing their efforts, they find asylum in lies and falsities. The name suits the plot as all the main characters are wishing a Happy End to their existing problems while not doing much practically to improve their Present. This movie is 3rd in sequence of Björn Runge's Trilogy of Liberation. The two earlier movies are "Daybreak" and "Mouth to Mouth" respectively. The main idea behind these 3 movies is to portray the lives of people who are trying to liberate themselves from destruction. Written by Khaliwali

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

23 September 2011 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Eftyhismeno telos  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"Humane and intimate character piece..."
12 July 2012 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Swedish screenwriter and director Björn Runge's fifth feature film which was written by Danish screenwriter Kim Fupz Aakeson, was screened in the Official Selection at the 59th San Sebastián International Film Festival in 2011 and is the third part of the director's trilogy of liberation which was preceded by "Daybreak" (2003) and "Mouth to Mouth" (2005). It was shot on location in Trollhättan, Vänersborg and Gothenburg in Sweden and is a Swedish-Danish co-production which was produced by Swedish producers Martin Persson and Madeleine Ekman. It tells the story about Jonna, a middle-aged driving teacher who one day learns that her son Peter, a painter who lives with his girlfriend, has been hospitalized after a suicide attempt. Jonna does whatever she can to be there for her son and when Peter's girlfriend leaves him she lets him move in with her, but as Jonna becomes more aware of her son's troubles she begins to doubt that her care is what he needs and secretly hires a young woman named Katrine to encourage him.

Distinctly and precisely directed by Swedish filmmaker Björn Runge, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the main character' point of view, draws a gripping portrayal of a struggling painter's relationship with his caring mother and a young woman's afflicting relationship with her demeaning and abusive boyfriend. While notable for it's naturalistic milieu depictions, reverent and prominent cinematography by Swedish cinematographer Ulf Brantås, production design by Danish production designer Jette Lehman, film editing by Swedish film editor Lena Dahlberg and the poignant use of colors which expresses the mental and emotional states of the characters, this dialog-driven and narrative-driven story about family relations, grief, loneliness, love, betrayal and interpersonal communication, depicts multiple dense and internal studies of character and contains some great and timely music by Swedish actress and singer Ebba Forsberg.

This somewhat romantic, darkly humorous and distinctly atmospheric drama which is set in Sweden in the 21st century and which is centred around the lives of five characters, is impelled and reinforced by it's cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, rhythmic continuity, use of sound and light and the authentic acting performances by Swedish actress Ann Petrén, Swedish actress Malin Buska in her debut feature film role and Swedish actors Gustav Skarsgård, Johan Wideberg and Peter Andersson. Though not as memorable as the previous films in the trilogy, this at times heartrending, densely theatrical and psychological narrative feature has some singular moments. A humane and intimate character piece which gained, among other awards, the Jury Prize for Best Cinematography Ulf Brantås at the 59th San Sebastián Film Festival in 2011.


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Come and See 'Happy End' at the Newport Beach Film Fest 2012 pnguye17
Discuss Happy End (2011) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?