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Le Bonheur (1965)

Le bonheur (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 16 May 1997 (USA)
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François, a young carpenter, lives a happy, uncomplicated life with his wife Thérèse and their two small children. One day he meets Emilie, a clerk in the local post office.

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Agnès Varda

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Agnès Varda
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean-Claude Drouot ... François Chevalier
Marie-France Boyer ... Émilie Savignard
Marcelle Faure-Bertin Marcelle Faure-Bertin ... (as Marcelle Favre-Bertin)
Manon Lanclos Manon Lanclos
Sylvia Saurel Sylvia Saurel
Marc Eyraud Marc Eyraud ... J. Forestier - le frère de François
Christian Riehl Christian Riehl
Paul Vecchiali Paul Vecchiali ... Paul
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Storyline

Francois is a young carpenter married with Therese. They have two little children. All goes well, life is beautiful, the sun shines and the birds sing. One day, Francois meets Emilie, they fall in love and become lovers. He still loves his wife and wants to share his new greater happiness with her. Written by Yepok

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Seule, une femme pouvait oser faire ce film

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

16 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Happiness See more »

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Production Co:

Parc Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The movie François and Therese are going to see starring Brigitte Bardot and Jeanne Moreau is Viva Maria! (1965) See more »

Goofs

At roughly 06:30, when François helps his daughter open the car back door, a cameraman's reflection is clearly visible in the car door window. See more »

Quotes

François Chevalier: Sleeping together is fine when you're in love.
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Connections

References McLintock! (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Clarinet Quintet in A - KV 581
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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now I notice how subversive this movie is
29 November 2009 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

Watching this film the last time, some 45 years ago, upon it's original UK release, I was blown away. I felt I had never seen such beautiful sunny summer images, I was astonished at the use of posters and advertising hoardings for composition. I notice now that some of these aspects have coloured my own photographic sensitivities. I remember the film as one long celebration of happiness and the suggestion that with the right attitude life would be like this. Seeing it again, it is still undoubtedly beautiful and I possibly appreciate even more the wonderful cinematography, however, now I notice how subversive this movie is. I have a feeling that this is very much a personal film seen through Varda's eyes and she is suggesting that a woman might easily do as the second woman does in this without causing so much as a head to turn. I think not, this is fantasy. The guy is unreal, men don't lie around saying how happy they are all the time, never mind the way he fails to be affected by the incident. I imagine at the time I saw this as a depiction of a real possibility. I seem to remember thinking lots of things were possible in the 60s that have turned out not to be. Nevertheless, this is still a beautiful movie,


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