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  (in credits order)

Louise Bourgoin ... Barbara Dray dite Babs

Pio Marmaï ... Nicolas Malle dit Nico

Josiane Balasko ... Claire - la mère de Barbara
Thierry Frémont ... Tony

Gabrielle Lazure ... Édith - la mère de Nicolas
Firmine Richard ... La sage-femme
Anaïs Croze ... Daphné
Daphné Bürki ... Katia - la soeur de Barbara
Lannick Gautry ... Le docteur Camille Rose
Gérard Lubin ... Le docteur Jonathan Malle
Nicole Valberg ... La gynécologue
Louis-Do de Lencquesaing ... Jean-François Truffard - le prof de philo
Ophélie Koering ... La vendeuse du sex-shop
Amélie Glenn ... La vendeuse du Maman à Tous Prix
Patrick Spadrille ... Daniel
Dominique Baeyens ... Mme Tordjmann - la voisine
Michel Nabokoff ... M. Tordjman - le voisin
Aïssatou Diop ... Une femme membre du Club du Lait
Fanny Hanciaux ... Une femme membre du Club du Lait
Mélanie Vaysse ... Une femme membre du Club du Lait
Annick Johnson ... Une femme membre du Club du Lait
Laure Voglaire ... Une femme membre du Club du Lait
Naïma Ostrowski ... L'anésthétiste
David Foenkinos ... Armand - le père de Barbara (photo)
Myriem Akeddiou ... L'infirmière de la maternité (as Myriam Akheddiou)
Eric Larcin ... Roger - le dépanneur du frigo
Marcos Adamantiadis ... Un dépanneur de chez Darty
Erika Sainte ... La présentatrice TV
Bruno Georis ... Le docteur Marcaurel
Lou-Anne Bertrand ... Léa - le bébé de Barbara
Moïra Halilbasic ... Léa - le bébé de Barbara
Pascaline Hontens ... Léa - le bébé de Barbara
Juliette Wery ... Léa - le bébé de Barbara
Manoé Gilson ... Léa - le bébé de Barbara
Emma De Craecker ... Léa - le bébé de Barbara
Victoria Becker ... Léa - le bébé de Barbara
Juliette Becker ... Léa - le bébé de Barbara

Directed by
Rémi Bezançon 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Eliette Abecassis  novel
Rémi Bezançon  writer
Vanessa Portal  writer

Produced by
Eric Altmayer .... producer
Nicolas Altmayer .... producer
Isabelle Grellat .... producer
Genevieve Lemal .... co-producer
Arlette Zylberberg .... co-producer: RTBF
Original Music by
Cinematography by
Antoine Monod 
Film Editing by
Sophie Reine 
Casting by
Maya Serrulla 
Production Design by
Maamar Ech-Cheikh 
Set Decoration by
Florin Dima 
Catherine Werner Schmit 
Costume Design by
Marie-Laure Lasson 
Christian Schnezler 
Makeup Department
Pierre Olivier Persin .... special makeup effects artist
Garance Van Rossum .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Patricia Colombat .... post-production supervisor
Pascal Roussel .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul-Henri Belin .... first assistant director
Valérie Houdart .... second assistant director
Eve Martin .... first assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Sébastien Autphenne .... assistant property master
Samuel Buisseret .... graphic designer
Crystel Corbanie .... painter
Laurie Crochelet .... scenic artist
Frédéric Delrue .... set decorator assistant
Maurice Grégoire .... propmaker
Sévérine Guilbaud .... second assistant art director
Jean-Marc Liben-Steyns .... scenic artist
Emmanuelle Roy .... assistant art director
Alberto Sebastiani .... head painter
Chantal Talbot .... scenic artist
Nicolas Vrancken .... props
Sound Department
Christophe Bourreau .... foley artist
Emmanuel Croset .... sound re-recording mixer
Marc Engels .... sound mixer
Thomas Gastinel .... sound mixer (second unit)
Marion Lorthioir .... post-synchronisation
Kenzo Pelsener .... sound trainee
Samuel Rouillard .... sound assistant
Hubert Teissedre .... adr mixer
Hubert Teissedre .... foley mixer
Antoine Trameçon .... assistant foley recordist
Matthieu Van Dyck .... trainee sound assistant
Olivier Walczak .... supervising sound designer
Sébastien Wera .... dialogue editor
Sébastien Wera .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Jean-Christophe Bourgeois .... special effects technician
Clément Wintz .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Laurent Brett .... titles designer
Sebastien Dupuis .... digital compositor
Sylvian Fabre .... flame artist
Sebastien Gombeaud-Saintonge .... Flame artist: Mac Guff
Nathalie Mathé .... matte painter
Alexandre Pluquet .... title designer
Philippe Sonrier .... visual effects supervisor
Gilles Cappelletto .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Andy Achard .... grip
Antoine Bellem .... lighting technician
Justine Bourgade .... first assistant camera
Olivier Cazzitti .... electrician
Stanley Wan Sze Chan .... camera video assist
Julien Chassaignon .... additional grip
Dominique Degand .... rigging grip
Vincent Garat .... groupman
René Haan .... generator operator
Julia Kundler .... electrician
Jérôme Milecan .... additional grip
Guillaume Noël .... best boy grip
William O'Callaghan .... director of photography: second unit
Joachim Philippe .... second assistant camera
Hugo Renard .... grip
Hans Reynaerts .... best boy grip
Gunther Schockaert .... electrician
Juan Sepulchre .... first assistant camera
Jessie Umut .... additional grip
Laurent Usse .... key grip
Steven Van den Broecke .... grip
Jan Vandenbussche .... lighting technician
Didier Versolatto .... best boy
Colin Wandersman .... gaffer
Casting Department
Michaël Bier .... casting belgium
Doriane Flamand .... casting assistant
Marie-Noëlle Simon .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Severine Fortune .... wardrobe assistant (as Séverine Fortune)
Claire Lacaze .... costume supervisor
Laetitia Wolkowitz .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Maud Dubois .... assistant editor
Thomas Fernandez .... assistant editor
Nassim Gordji Tehrani .... assistant editor
Music Department
Boban Apostolov .... scoring pro tools engineer
Georgi Hristovski .... score recording engineer
Ronan Maillard .... orchestrator
Laurent Perez .... composer: additional music
F.A.M.E.'S. Project .... orchestra and studio contractor
Transportation Department
Julie Marangoni .... driver
Other crew
Baptiste Jourdan .... stage manager
Yanet Lafargue .... production assistant
Isabelle Sauvanon .... press attache: France
Dominique Segall .... press attache
Maxime Delauney .... musical special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Un heureux événement" - France (original title)
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Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and brief drug use
France:107 min
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Event yes ! But happy... ?, 12 April 2014
Author: guy-bellinger ( from Montigny-lès-Metz, France


Adapted from Eliane Abecassis' (very) autobiographical novel recounting her own (rather sour) experience of pregnancy and baby raising, "Un heureux événement" (A Happy Event) cannot be called a feelgood movie but it is an interesting one nonetheless provided of course you are not an expecting woman, a future dad or simply someone fainthearted. For the main quality of director Rémi Bezançon (whose former film was the excellent "Le premier jour du reste de ta vie") is his full frontal approach to the subject, without any false prudery or watering down.

"Un heureux événement" (quite an ironic title since, as exemplified here, having a baby is not necessarily an experience in keeping with the "happy event" cliché) deals with the case of Barbara (Louise Bourgoin), a philosophy student doing a doctoral thesis, who, after falling in love with Nicolas (Pio Marmaï), finds herself with child. Not that she is a born mother (she is even a dedicated feminist) but love changes everything, which leads her to grant Nicolas' desire to keep the baby. Of course she has no experience in the field but she is determined to practice learning by doing: how to be a pregnant woman, how to prepare for childbirth, how to go through the stages of labor and baby delivery and how to become a parent. Not an easy path for sure but one that millions of first-time mothers follow more or less overcome with anguish but successfully in the end. And this is what what would normally happen to Barbara who, with this wonderful gift, hopes to make her companion happy. Alas! Nicolas gradually turns from Prince Charming to Naughty Brat unable to hold his responsibilities, a bit like those kids who ask for a pet without the least notion of all the investment which goes with it, leaving it to their parents. From then on, Barbara (as well as her couple) sinks into the doldrums and the "happy event" gradually turns into a dreadful burden.

If you have seen "Le premier jour du reste de ta vie", you will certainly find this movie less inventive and original. In the former film, Remi Bezançon had managed to tell the story of a singular family presented successively by its five members, each one reporting a key event filtered through their own subjectivity. Here, there is only one point of view (Barbara's) and the story is told in chronological order, without the fancy displayed in the former work (one exception though: a weird nightmare sequence). But this does not mean that the director has lost his creative sense. The unsophisticated form is actually a deliberate artistic choice, Bezançon's camera following Barbara's slow but implacable descent into hell from the beginning to its close in a documentary-like way, with nothing to distract the viewer. Which makes his film a dour realistic work whose uncompromising approach may account for its mixed results at the box office. But it is also a film that rings true (Eliette Abecassis knows what she is talking about), very well interpreted by Lise Bourgoin who, despite (or maybe because) her personal lack of experience of motherhood, is totally and courageously invested in her role. Heartthrob Pio Marmai is very good too in his embodiment of "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" as defined by Milan Kundera.

Not a pleasant film experience, as I wrote before (but must the arts always please us?), "Un heureux événement" is a worthwhile one though, at least for those whose defense mechanisms are strong enough to stand it.

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