Happy End

Happy End

Happy End

Isabelle Huppert leads this bourgeois family ensemble drama from the two-time Cannes Palme d'Or-winning Austrian auteur, Michael Haneke.

"[Happy End] focuses on the wealthy Laurent family living in Calais. With a top cast, including Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Mathieu Kassovitz, Haneke looks at three generations of this clan, and explores the generational difference in attitudes towards life and the world. The family seems to be living a comfortable existence, largely unaffected by the crises that surround them – they are, after all, not far from the Calais Jungle migrant camp. The genteel veneer however hides deep problems related to business dealings, illicit sexual desires, online bullying and suicidal tendencies. Each member of this family is, in some way, troubled. Haneke lays out the pieces of the puzzle before us, and the picture they form as they gradually come together is one of malaise. In Happy End, Haneke revisits some of the themes of his most memorable films, and once again gives us his incisive view of a disturbed world." (Sydney Film Festival)

2017Rating: M, Mature themes, sexual references and coarse language107 minsFrance, Austria, GermanyFrench with English subtitles
DramaWorld Cinema
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Reviews & comments

Vulture

Vulture

press

Haneke's integration of the ways we communicate and conduct our lives via phone and laptop feels uniquely effective.

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Variety

Variety

press

It's as if the director has tied up loose ends from his earlier films, while forcing us to re-examine issues that have only grown more dire since he first brought them to our attention.

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Total Film

Total Film

press

The unflinching filmmaker behind Funny Games, Hidden and Amour returns to his decidedly uncuddly pet themes.

4.0
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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Happy End is a satirical nightmare of haute-bourgeois European prosperity: as stark, brilliant and unforgiving as a halogen light.

5.0
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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Happy End feels like an assemblage of Haneke's favourite themes, a spread of nibbles that ... never amounts to a full meal.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

There seems to be something missing here.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Unfortunately for Haneke, even though he has tried something a little different, this feels like an old dog doing the same tricks just with new toys.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

It is perhaps not top-notch Haneke but Happy End is an intermittently gripping film about loveless people in a joyless world.

4.0
0
Vulture

Vulture

press

Haneke's integration of the ways we communicate and conduct our lives via phone and laptop feels uniquely effective.

0
Variety

Variety

press

It's as if the director has tied up loose ends from his earlier films, while forcing us to re-examine issues that have only grown more dire since he first brought them to our attention.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

The unflinching filmmaker behind Funny Games, Hidden and Amour returns to his decidedly uncuddly pet themes.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Happy End is a satirical nightmare of haute-bourgeois European prosperity: as stark, brilliant and unforgiving as a halogen light.

5.0
0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Happy End feels like an assemblage of Haneke's favourite themes, a spread of nibbles that ... never amounts to a full meal.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

There seems to be something missing here.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Unfortunately for Haneke, even though he has tried something a little different, this feels like an old dog doing the same tricks just with new toys.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

It is perhaps not top-notch Haneke but Happy End is an intermittently gripping film about loveless people in a joyless world.

4.0
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