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Happy Birthday (2019)

Fête de famille (original title)
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A mother's birthday party is interrupted by her most unpredictable daughter.


Cédric Kahn


Fanny Burdino (participation), Samuel Doux (participation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Deneuve ... Andréa
Emmanuelle Bercot ... Claire
Vincent Macaigne ... Romain
Cédric Kahn ... Vincent
Luàna Bajrami ... Emma
Laetitia Colombani Laetitia Colombani ... Marie
Isabel Aimé González-Sola Isabel Aimé González-Sola ... Rosita
Alain Artur Alain Artur ... Jean
Joshua Rosinet Joshua Rosinet ... Julien
Milan Hatala Milan Hatala ... Milan
Solal Ferreira Dayan Solal Ferreira Dayan ... Solal
Satya Dusaugey Satya Dusaugey ... Fabien - l'agent immobilier
Raphaël Liot Raphaël Liot ... La victime de l'accrochage avec Romain
Teddy Perrot Teddy Perrot ... L'homme en colère à la gare
Kahina Le Querrec Kahina Le Querrec ... L'assistante de l'agence immobilière


A family gets together one summer day to celebrate the mother's 70 birthday. There's her husband, their two sons, one with his wife and their two boys, the other with his new girlfriend, a movie camera to immortalize the event and a young woman eighteen years old who seems to have grown up here. Things seem peaceful and joyous until the unexpected arrival of the younger sister who had vanished four years before. She is greeted like the prodigal daughter but brings chaos in tow. Written by Elle Driver

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Comedy | Drama | Family


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8 October 2019 | by hillwwSee all my reviews

Saw this at the London Film Festival and can't fully describe how ghastly the experience was. A family reunion of a large family that made keeping up with them all difficult. Among them there was the mentally ill sister, patronisingly/grimly portrayed, the balding waster who despite seemingly having no money or purpose in life has a model Argentinian girlfriend - who conveniently provided the gratuitous nudity for the film and a host of others. Catherine Deneuve staggered through it all with an enigmatic look on her face that suggested she knew she was in a dire movie. The plot, such as it was seemed to require that they all did unbelievable things and shouted at each other at full volume from the first frame to the last! Staggered out with a headache - had I been on the end of the row I would have voted with my feet very early on.

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Release Date:

4 September 2019 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Happy Birthday See more »

Filming Locations:

Lot-et-Garonne, France See more »


Box Office


EUR5,350,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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