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The Happy Film (2016)

Austrian designer Stefan Sagmeister is doing well. He lives in New York, the city of his dreams, and he has success in his work, designing album covers for the Rolling Stones, Jay-Z and the... See full summary »
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Austrian designer Stefan Sagmeister is doing well. He lives in New York, the city of his dreams, and he has success in his work, designing album covers for the Rolling Stones, Jay-Z and the Talking Heads. But in the back of his mind he suspects there must be something more. He decides to turn himself into a design project. Can he redesign his personality to become a better person? Is it possible to train his mind to get happier? He pursues 3 controlled experiments of meditation, therapy, and drugs, grading himself along the way. But real life creeps in and confounds the process: art, sex, love, and death prove impossible to disentangle. His unique designs and painfully personal experiences mark a journey that travels closer to himself than ever intended.

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A very thoughtful and human film.
12 January 2017 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

The Happy Film begins with an introductory disclaimer: "This film will not make you happy". I can attest to the fact that in my experience, this introductory disclaimer was indeed wrong.

I found The Happy Film to be an entertaining and beautifully executed film with just the right amount of joy, humor, reflection, and despair. The exploration of a subject as revealing as one's own happiness is sure to be deeply personal at times, and Stefan Sagmeister's refreshingly candid journey from what makes us happy, to ultimately what holds us back from ever achieving it, doesn't shy away from uncomfortable introspection. The Happy Film succeeds as a very thoughtful and human film.


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