Happy End

Screening on 04/01/19

France 2017
Dir: Michael Haneke
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz, Fantine Harduin
Cert 15
107 mins

“Happy End” sees Michael Haneke reworking themes from previous films, such as “Amour” and “Hidden”, but this time leavened with pitch black, absurdist humour, resulting in a devastating contemporary satire. The well-off Laurent family, who for generations has run a lucrative construction business in Calais, is in crisis, embroiled in the fallout from a fatal accident at a building site. Steely Anne Laurent, the most capable of the clan, tries to hold everything together, as her embittered father seeks help to end his life, her young niece Eve observes and plots and her son Pierre slides into drunkenness and self-pity. Any songs? Yes, as it happens. An excruciatingly embarrassing karaoke number from Pierre!

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