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The Happy Film (2016)

Austrian designer Stefan Sagmeister tries to redesign his personality to become a happier and better person.


Hillman Curtis (co-director), Ben Nabors (co-director) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Jonathan Haidt Jonathan Haidt ... Self
Sheenah Hankin Sheenah Hankin ... Self
Ben Nabors ... Self
Stefan Sagmeister Stefan Sagmeister ... Self
Jessica Walsh Jessica Walsh ... Self


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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Stefan Sagmeister: [at the meditation retreat] Everybody looks zombie-like and dour. If I'm supposed to get happy here, current company does not suggest a successful outcome.
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A beautiful film
12 January 2017 | by ozbeknazSee all my reviews

This was the most authentic, human, openly honest, and beautiful thing I've seen in a long while. So naked, so personal, yet so pertinent that it hurt, but in the best way possible. It made me feel, made me think, made me cry, made me laugh. It made me feel alive. It made me feel connected. It was like seeing the sun rise early in the morning, when the rest of the world seems to be asleep. Like witnessing something so rare, it has to be sacred. It's an incredibly human, humane, and fearless deconstruction of Sagmeister's life in front of the rest of the world, and a reminder of how beautiful, despite everything, life is to begin with. Please find a way to see it if you haven't done so already.

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