Le Bonheur (Happiness) (1966)

Le Bonheur (Happiness)


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Le Bonheur was French director Agnes Varda's first color film. To critics who carped that her choice of hues was not "realistic", she responded that she was choosing the hues that were best suited psychologically to her story. The film's protagonist is a young, married carpenter (Jean-Claude Drouot). He takes a mistress (Marie-France Boyer), assuming that he can be equally in love with both his wife and the new woman in his life. When the wife drowns, the mistress quietly takes her place. This … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
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Written By: Agnès Varda
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On DVD: Jan 22, 2008
Criterion Collection


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Critic Reviews for Le Bonheur (Happiness)

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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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For Varda, chance is more of a reason people get married than love is.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

July 2, 2005

Full Review… | May 10, 2004
Senses of Cinema

Audience Reviews for Le Bonheur (Happiness)


just a remarkable film. varda paints the super-idyllic life of a young couple and their children (played by an irl family) that is all surface and far too good to be true. indeed the husband soon takes a mistress and even feels compelled to tell his wife about her for the sake of honesty as he wants to keep them both. how i longed to see the two women team up a la diabolique but in fact francois isn't evil, he's just a man doing what men have done forever. chillingly reminiscent of the stepford wives. see it!

Stella Dallas

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Stefanie C

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After seeing this film I now know why the french enjoyed our American Westerns so much, this movie suxs, Its so slow and finally at the end they had a point. Must say i do like those french women, I mean after all where else are you gonna find a women who is happy for her husband when she finds out he has a second lover. Its from the Criterion collection, thats 2 in a row that have sucked. Pass it up unless your a french female.

Bruce Bruce

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