Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.
A 14-year-old video enthusiast is so caught up in film fantasy that he can no longer relate to the real world, to such an extent that he commits murder and records an on-camera confession for his parents.
A European family who plan on escaping to Australia, seem caught up in their daily routine, only troubled by minor incidents. However, behind their apparent calm and repetitive existence, they are actually planning something sinister.
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
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.
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