Michael Haneke (2017)Isabelle Hupert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz Rated 15 Run time 107 mins
Nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2017
Directed by Michael Haneke (Amour, The White Ribbon, Hidden) Happy End provides an unfanciful look at a family quietly and not so quietly falling apart at the seams. With little by way of dramatic plot-points, Happy End discloses the dirt on each family member with care and attention, leaving the viewer with the question, is the family inescapably poisoned? Or is it the fault of the individual? Featuring an all star cast of actors who just can’t help but deliver great performances, and in some ways a sequel to the much-loved Amour; Happy End is well worth a watch, and a glass of water afterwards.
“”Happy End” is an art film in the classic sense – ambitious, provocative and hard to shake off.”
“(A) malicious, Buñuel-esque and elusive chronicle of a family on the verge of collapse and a France desperate to keep the forms, Happy End is an unusual approach by Michael Haneke to the black comedy.”
Film of the week: Happy End is a welcome departure for Michael Haneke – BFI
Happy End review – Michael Haneke’s satanic soap opera of pure sociopathy – The Guardian