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Happy End (2003)

Nowhere to Go But Up (original title)
Val is 23 years old and full of dreams. She travels to New York to become an actress. She is lonely in a strange country, in a strange city, with little money and no friends. In her path, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Audrey Tautou ... Val Chipzik
Justin Theroux ... Jack
Jennifer Tilly ... Edna
Laila Robins ... Irene
Catherine Curtin ... Beatrix (as Cathy Curtin)
Frank Pellegrino ... Bernie
Jenna Lamia ... Sparkle
Juan Carlos Hernández ... Eddie
Bruce MacVittie ... Benito
Joe Zaloom ... Karim
Karen Evans Kandel Karen Evans Kandel ... Studio Executive (as Karen Kandel)
Cherita Armstrong ... Hooker
Yusef Bulos ... Flower Shop Owner
Umit Celebi Umit Celebi ... Waiter
Jenny Sterlin Jenny Sterlin ... Speech Teacher
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Storyline

Val is 23 years old and full of dreams. She travels to New York to become an actress. She is lonely in a strange country, in a strange city, with little money and no friends. In her path, she meets weird people who they, also, seek their dreams but everyday life gets in the way. Tired and hungry she sits on the corner of a building. Across the street a writer whose fantasy has dry out. In an instant she becomes his muse... At the Oscar's night she will be the one with the Golden Globe in her hands. Written by monkeyx

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Comedy | Romance | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Happy End See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Connections

Referenced in Chronicling a Crisis (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Empty Promises
© 2003 Icoja Music
Written by Chico Freeman and Jan Pulsford
Produced by Chico Freeman
Co-Produced by Norman Hadman
Vocal Performed by Vanesse Thomas
Special Dedication to Donald "Hippmo" Myrick of the Phania Horns
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A Failure,but J.Theroux is gorgeous - SOME SPOILERS !!!!!
22 July 2005 | by falconaraSee all my reviews

I chose this film only to see Justin Theroux,whom I ADORE; Ms.Tatou is really unbearable in her,again,happy naive Cinderella-style skinny character.The script is a not-credible fairytale,with some touches of bad taste now and then,probably meant to be modern/transgressive signs,but utterly out of place(i.e.:1-Val peeing in the micro-garden,at night,and Jack taking a photo of her;2-the lesbian kiss) There isn't the slightest trace of chemistry between Jack and Val,not a REAL kiss,not a contact,a scene between the two conveying some emotion. Tatou's acting is irritating.Theroux is a little bit rigid sometimes-I think it's up to the script-and really good and exhilarating in some scenes. If this film was meant to be a sentimental comedy the result is a total disappointment.


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