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Happy, Happy Reviews

June 19, 2013
Sewitsky is a bit too fond of the handheld camera, but she is immediate, close. Her first picture, daring title and all, takes an empathic look at a permanent puzzle.
November 13, 2012
A thoughtful, nicely played melodrama, bordering on patronising in its depiction of rural folk, but staying on the right side of the line - thanks to sympathetic performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 13, 2011
The curdled Norwegian comedy-drama "Happy, Happy," which dissects a pair of poisoned marriages, is sometimes heavy-handed (like its title) but has much to recommend it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 13, 2011
Sewitsky aims for quirky humanism along the lines of Finland's Aki Kaurismaki; she's helped along considerably by Kittelsen's sunny performance, though the film crosses over into Scandinavian kitsch with a series of country-swing interludes.
October 13, 2011
It is short and intense enough that it always seems on track, even if the train goes nowhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 7, 2011
"Happy, Happy" has the makings of a Norwegian "Ice Storm," but it goes out with a whimper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 6, 2011
The trysts and twists are handled with a Coenesque sense of ironic melancholy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 23, 2011
Sewitsky may intend "Happy, Happy" as a Chekhovian chamber piece or romantic bagatelle, but her smugness about racism - and her glib symbolic resolution of the conflicts she raises - suggests an ambition that far outstrips her ability, at least for now.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 22, 2011
You can't help but laugh at the obviousness in "Happy Happy.''
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 16, 2011
Kittelsen is a funny, expansive actress, and director Anne Sewitsky manages the sad-comic tonal shifts with emotional accuracy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 15, 2011
Its subversive intentions are ultimately undercut by its lack of nerve, along with a lurking sentimentality.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 15, 2011
"Happy, Happy" won't make you happy if you hold to the notion that a movie can be funny or serious, but not both.
September 15, 2011
For all the zaniness, the movie's understanding and insight come in moments so incisive that the sharpness will sting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 15, 2011
Happy, Happy unfolds in a fleet 85 minutes, with no wasted scenes and with strong performances from all concerned.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 14, 2011
[A] pleasantly warped Norwegian dramatic comedy...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 14, 2011
Shifts into a blend of infidelity farce and domestic-strife melodrama that never quite finds an organic middle ground.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 13, 2011
Kittelsen's performance is the linchpin of the film -- her open, emotive face reveals as much about her thoughts as her poor impulse control.
September 13, 2011
Happy Happy is a winning comedy that gets good-natured fun out of characters behaving quite badly.
September 13, 2011
The questionable black-historical shorthand detracts from what is otherwise a well-performed and fitfully amusing film.