Something Like Happiness (2005)




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A trio of friends residing in an urban Czech housing project finds that happiness can come from the place where you least expect it in this quirky and heartfelt drama from Wild Bees director Bohdan Sláma. As the shadow of the country's largest chemical factory looms large over their bleak industrial suburb, Monika (Tatiana Vilhelmová), Tonik (Pavel Liska), and Dasha (Anna Geislerová) hold out hope for a brighter future in another place. While supermarket employee Monika's dreams are built around the hope that she will someday venture to America to be with her boyfriend, George, Tonik secretly pines for Monika, and single mother Dasha finds comfort in the arms of a married man while slowly drifting from reality. As Tonik flees his conservative parents to live on the farm of his eccentric aunt, Dasha's grip on reality finally slips -- leaving her two young children in the care of Tonik and Monika. As things begin to look up for the willing but inexperienced new parents, a lifetime of happiness is finally within their reach.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Pavel Liska
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Critic Reviews for Something Like Happiness

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

Honest and incisive, a film without a message, just telling it like it is.

Full Review… | October 27, 2006
Miami Herald
Top Critic

It's the comic, touching glimpses into a society run aground that make Something Like Happiness special and link it with the gentle fables of the Czech New Wave films of the 1960s.

Full Review… | September 1, 2006
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Third time's the charm for Czech helmer Bohdan Slama, whose talent for locating the dignity in the downtrodden of his native Czech Republic is on moving display.

Full Review… | February 3, 2006
Top Critic

A thoughtfully performed, gently quirky human drama about choices made and their often surprising consequences.

February 3, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

...the dedication of the writer/director and his cast make it a worthwhile film for the movie buff.

Full Review… | September 3, 2006
Reeling Reviews

Sláma has captured those type of childhood friendships grown into maturity which are encircled by loosely connected parents all long time acquaintances because of their kids.

Full Review… | August 14, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Something Like Happiness

A great film, and a good example of the Czech mindset in dramatic films. No happy ending, in fact no ending at all, which allows the audience to imagine whatever they want to. Fans of this film should also watch The Wild Bees, an earlier effort by the same director. Many of the same actors were used in both films as well.

Kyle Johnson
Kyle Johnson

This movie makes me want to drink vodka and sing sad songs. Good character study... Not much on plot.

Amanda Ray
Amanda Ray

Really a beautiful film... the characters are accessible and the story is moving. My first Czech film and it made me want to see more!

Jessica Mutascio
Jessica Mutascio

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