Happy End (Stastny konec) (1966)





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In this extremely strange Czech film, the grim story is told in reverse. The film literally runs backwards at the beginning as it depicts Mensik's severed head rolling back onto his body during a beheading. The protagonist is then seen walking back into a prison and out the front door. He then finds a suitcase on the sidewalk and brings it to his house. Opening the case, he begins taking out the body parts of a dead woman and reassembles them into the woman he fell in love with. He takes the woman to an oceanside resort where he begins thinking that she has been flirting with a man whom he drowns in the sea. He is unhappy, so Mensik unmarries the protesting girl with the aid of a priest. He next throws the woman into a building that is burning and goes off to find another lover. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
Art House & International , Comedy
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Bohus Záhorský
as Father-In-Law
Stella Zázvorková
as Mother-In-Law
Helena Ruzickova
as Brunette
Josef Hlinomaz
as Policeman
Josef Abrhám
as Lothario
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Audience Reviews for Happy End (Stastny konec)

a really fun film from the czech new wave that's told completely backward, beginning with our hero's execution! it may be the earliest film of it's type. the voiceover seeks to describe the 'backward' action to hilarious effect. the film is just over an hour long; any longer and it might have gotten stale but this length is quite manageable and the 'happy end'ing is delightful

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


Genius, especially if you thought MEMENTO did it first. The film (a czech black and white crime melodrama) runs backwards, as does the dialog, a sentence at a time, and there's a dry narrative over the top which makes it even funnier. Did I say genius? Genius.

Lesley N
Lesley N

Super Reviewer

About five percent is dated, the rest is timeless. I believe this is the oldest film I've seen (And the oldest one available) involving reverse chronology, but that doesn't mean it isn't a lot of fun and a visual delight. It's also quite funny - the third-person narrative switches back and forth from limited to omniscient to provide virtually two movies in one. I might have to see it again just to see if I missed any jokes in the witty dialogue. As with Irreversible and Peppermint Candy, the themes and structures dealt with are similar, and the placement of ironies give it a boost; it's not as difficult to follow as Memento.

Richard Cranium
Richard Cranium

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