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A drama about a family set in Calais with the European refugee crisis as the backdrop.

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Michael Haneke

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Michael Haneke
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Huppert ... Anne Laurent
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Georges Laurent
Mathieu Kassovitz ... Thomas Laurent
Fantine Harduin ... Eve Laurent
Franz Rogowski ... Pierre Laurent
Laura Verlinden ... Anaïs
Aurélia Petit Aurélia Petit ... Nathalie
Toby Jones ... Lawrence Bradshaw
Hille Perl Hille Perl ... La gambiste
Hassam Ghancy ... Rachid
Nabiha Akkari ... Jamila
Joud Geistlich Joud Geistlich ... Selin
Philippe du Janerand ... Maître Barin
Dominique Besnehard Dominique Besnehard ... Marcel, le coiffeur
Bruno Tuchszer Bruno Tuchszer ... Inspecteur chantier 1
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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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Don't believe the title of this Michael Haneke film.

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Drama

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

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

22 December 2017 (USA) See more »

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France See more »

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Budget:

$13,600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$301,718, 22 March 2018
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1.85 : 1
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The movie reunites Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant with director Michael Haneke after Amour (2012). See more »

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When Mathieu Kassovitz's character drives his daughter home and she begins to cry, he appears to pass the same building (with a red and silver car parked in front of it) two times. See more »

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Completely different from all the films I've seen
21 July 2018 | by maurodcSee all my reviews

And that's a good thing. I was excited to see 'Happy End' as the style of Michael Haneke always called my attention, and I'd never got a chance to see a movie directed by him 'till now.

Well, here we have a family drama like no other, that probably starts off a bit slowly, but that has an undeniable quality. It has a great script, unique photography, performances that aren't remarkable, but they didn't need it. They just had to be real. And so they were.

And for the type of film, I expected it to be a lot more devastating, but instead, it shows us a sometimes darkly comical portrait of a wealthy family that makes us see that, believe it or not, rich people have their issues too, they're life is as imperfect as everyone elses. And that their issues may be even more complex than the ones of everybody else.

So, in conclussion, I think that watching this film is a rare, but great experience, especially if you watch it at the cinema -which I recommend you to do if you can-. I think it has the potential to be an Oscar nominee. Don't miss it.

Thanks for reading!


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