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Happy End (2017)

R | | Drama | 22 December 2017 (USA)
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A drama about a family set in Calais with the European refugee crisis as the backdrop.

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Gradually succumbing to dementia, George Laurent, the octogenarian patriarch of the Laurents, an affluent upper-bourgeois family, is uncomfortably sharing his palatial manor in Calais, the heart of the infamous migrant jungle, with his twice-married son, Thomas, and Anne, his workaholic daughter who has taken over the family construction business. Divorced and frigid, Anne has to handle the impact of a disastrous workplace accident caused by her disappointing son Pierre's negligence, while at the same time, the urgent hospitalisation of Thomas' ex-wife from a mysterious poisoning, leads his sulky 13-year-old daughter, Ève, to live with her father and his new wife, Anais. Undoubtedly, in this family, everyone has a skeleton in the closet, and as the fates of the Laurents enmesh with insistent and ignoble desires, a peculiar and disturbing alliance will form. But in the end, some secrets are bigger than others. Written by Nick Riganas

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Rated R for some sexual material and language | See all certifications »

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Mutlu Son  »

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$13,600,000 (estimated)

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$161,783, 21 January 2018
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Second collaboration between Michael Haneke and Jean-Louis Trintignant See more »

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The character of Frank has been entirely dubbed over for the original release, and in many scenes, it's painfully obvious. See more »

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Referenced in Evening Urgant: Ëlka (2017) See more »

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The Karaoke scene to end all karaoke scenes
13 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

Haneke braves the new world, the modern world. He braves criticism at our youth's cell phone culture and our need for an audience. Haneke braves comedic elements, making us laugh to show how ridiculous our behavior has become in this past century. Haneke steps out of his comfort zone with this film. Does he succeed? Meh.


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