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Happy End (2017)

R | | Drama | 22 December 2017 (USA)
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A well-to-do French family deals with a series of setbacks and crises.

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Michael Haneke

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Michael Haneke
2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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Trivia

The longest wait for a Michael Haneke film: 5 years. See more »

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During the beach scene with Thomas and Eve, several passersby in the background are looking at the camera. See more »

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Referenced in Evening Urgant: Ëlka (2017) See more »

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Chandelier
Written by Sia and Jesse Shatkin
Performed by Franz Rogowski (uncredited)
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Cross-generational self-destruction
9 February 2019 | by shakercoolaSee all my reviews

This is a stark, unforgiving, and intermittently absorbing satire about an upper middle-class family. Filmed like a puzzle, it is often maddening for its slow pace, and then sharp in its meaning. Set in coastal Northern France it deals with themes such as family despair and dysfunction, self-destruction, inter-generational revenge and suppression of guilt. Michael Haneke has built a reputation for making films which confront his audience to make them feel uncomfortable and there is little let-up in this offering. The interesting technological aspect to the story is that surveillance and video recording are devices for illustrating sordid desire and longing.


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Country:

France | Austria | Germany

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

22 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Happy End See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,091, 24 December 2017

Gross USA:

$301,718

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,610,794
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1.85 : 1
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