Happening Reviews

Jan 4, 2023
Happening is a movie that dispenses with the pleasantries of deep side characters or even growth for its lead role. It’s a vivid, unsettling depiction of abortion in a place and time, sordidly familiar right now...
Dec 27, 2022
Artful and socially resonant, Happening is one of the most poignant and moving films of the year.
Dec 13, 2022
A film of international importance, told with empathy, sincerity and anger.
Dec 8, 2022
Vartolmei delivers a remarkable performance, underplaying Anne’s emotional responses in a way that makes them register all the more strongly on the viewer.
Nov 22, 2022
Happening unsubtly and successfully acts as a reminder of the importance of abortion rights at a moment when reactionary creeps the world over are pushing back.
Oct 26, 2022
Happening plays at a surprisingly quick pace, wrapping us up in the suffocating, terrifying totality of the situation. It's only Diwan’s second film, but it feels like veteran work -- so engrossing, so carnal, so full of empathy that it hurts to look at.
Aug 14, 2022
The most-need-to-be-seen feature of the year . . . . In this grippingly honest, no-holds-barred film, a 23-year-old lit student seeks an abortion in 1963 France, an act for which she, her doctor, and anyone else who aids her can be sent to prison.
Aug 8, 2022
When Diwan has to choose between reckoning the protagonist or impacting the audience, she chooses the latter. And for a few minutes, everything falls apart... almost impeccable otherwise. Almost. [Full review in Spanish]
Aug 5, 2022
It’s brutal in spots, but especially vital to watch right now.
Aug 2, 2022
the film, calibrated in passing weeks, closely tracks Anne’s efforts – greatly circumscribed and increasingly desperate – to choose her own future.
Jul 28, 2022
No, it's not an upbeat subject. But perhaps now, with Roe overturned and people experiencing the consequences of abortion bans, it's time to watch this movie.
Jul 26, 2022
Diwan relies on a raw and daring mise-en-scène, and avoids becoming a pamphlet. [Full review in Spanish]
Jul 25, 2022
Happening is an honest, harrowing, frighteningly timely, moving, and powerful experience.
Jul 9, 2022
Anamaria Vartolomei’s lead performance is necessarily and intensely physical—and subject to some harrowing bodily choreography in the homestretch—but what binds us to her is a sense of the perceptive, gifted writer trapped behind weary, terrified eyes.
Jul 4, 2022
Happening presenta con firmeza cómo la experiencia traumática no radica en el acto del aborto en sí, sino en el terror que genera un embarazo forzado por falta de apoyo médico adecuado.
Jun 24, 2022
Happening is haunting and shattering, immaculately crafted, unwavering in its honesty, and as confronting as it needs to be, and it wields all of the above with passion and purpose.
Jun 21, 2022
One of the most talked-about movies from this year’s Sundance Film Festival is about to get a whole lot more attention.
Jun 10, 2022
Vartolomei gives a wonderfully nuanced performance, showcasing the emotional turmoil and exhaustion Anne goes through by herself...
Jun 10, 2022
A few times I had to look away from the screen, even if the theater was empty. It moved me. [Full review in Spanish]
Jun 10, 2022
Not a moment feels didactic, and Anne never seems like a case study. Instead, the film thrums with the practical resolve of a young woman desperate to begin her own life before creating another.
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