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.
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.
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.
October 7, 2011
"Happy, Happy" has the makings of a Norwegian "Ice Storm," but it goes out with a whimper.
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.
September 22, 2011
You can't help but laugh at the obviousness in "Happy Happy.''
September 16, 2011
Kittelsen is a funny, expansive actress, and director Anne Sewitsky manages the sad-comic tonal shifts with emotional accuracy.
September 15, 2011
Its subversive intentions are ultimately undercut by its lack of nerve, along with a lurking sentimentality.