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Happy End (2017)


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Michael Haneke returns with a drama about a well-off French family living in a bourgeois bubble in northern France, oblivious to the human misery unfolding in migrant camps around the port town of Calais, a few miles from their home.


Isabelle Huppert
as Anne Laurent
Jean-Louis Trintignant
as Georges Laurent
Mathieu Kassovitz
as Thomas Laurent
Fantine Harduin
as Eve Laurent
Franz Rogowski
as Pierre Laurent

Critic Reviews for Happy End

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (10)

The film proceeds like a melodrama, but you may leave the theater thinking you've just seen the blackest of comedies.

December 15, 2017 | Full Review…

It too often feels like Happy End is a bunch of ideas in search of a movie.

September 22, 2017 | Full Review…

An exceedingly clever, thought-provoking and dark reflection on life, death and family relations

September 7, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The film both demands and rewards our close attention, but Haneke is such a master -- his framing so precise, his form so rigorous -- that it sucks you in by default.

May 26, 2017 | Full Review…
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Haneke has delivered the Haneke film that Haneke-haters see in their heads when they think of a Haneke film: a series of disjointed, narratively oblique episodes showing people being inhumane to each other.

May 25, 2017 | Full Review…

Haneke's in such tight control of this material that he knows exactly how to mold such nastiness into a maze of tonal possibilities.

May 24, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Happy End

Although I like to see Haneke exploring modern technology, he seems more interested in crafting a compilation of some of his best moments from previous films, which makes this cynical family drama feel like more of the same and less hard-hitting or cynical as it should be.

Carlos Magalhães
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