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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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Hillman Curtis (co-director), Ben Nabors (co-director) | 1 more credit »
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2 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Jonathan Haidt Jonathan Haidt ... Himself
Sheenah Hankin Sheenah Hankin ... Herself
Ben Nabors ... Himself
Stefan Sagmeister Stefan Sagmeister ... Himself
Jessica Walsh Jessica Walsh ... Herself
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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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USA | Austria | France | Indonesia | UK

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English

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5 January 2017 (Austria) See more »

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A painfully beautiful film
11 May 2017 | by alisonbweberSee all my reviews

The Happy Film is painfully beautiful. Design legend Stefan Sagmeister has a distinct history of offering himself up for public consumption, and his first documentary is exceptional on the merits of artistic stimulation and voyeuristic thrill alone.

But the most extraordinary part of the story lies in watching him struggle with whether happiness can be constructed, and if he can find the heart of something in its dissected parts.

Sagmeister fans will appreciate how truly naked and starkly present he is, and those who struggle with emotions, chemicals, love, or life will see pieces of themselves everywhere in this film.

I loved it. It truly must be seen.


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