Reviews

Jul 6, 2021
I drank it in, the superb, underplayed acting, the perceptive script, stunning visuals of a woman who has, at last, discovered who she is by watching the wind rustle in the trees and soaking up the quiet.
Oct 28, 2020
The brilliantly performed and progressive Georgian drama explores the perspective of a 50-year-old woman who "leaves" her entire family against societal odds.
Oct 19, 2020
Thoroughly engaging from start to finish, this is a fluid and confident effort centered on family and intricate relationships.
Mar 12, 2018
... stories like this still have the power to intrigue us because these anxieties are really not that remote: the figure of the woman who choses independence in this way is a spectre that continues to haunt the patriarchal imagination.
Feb 15, 2018
Ia Shughliashvili's performance as Manana is wonderfully understated - the kind of performance that doesn't feel like active performing at all.
Jan 25, 2018
Through simple and genuine storytelling and wonderfully chaotic scenes of domestic disputes and disorder, Manana (Ia Shugliashvili) is the heroine of her own adventure.
Dec 20, 2017
... I couldn't have been happier with it.
Dec 14, 2017
Georgian writer-director Nana Ekvtimishvili (In Bloom) brings a rare subtlety and sensitivity to this ironically titled domestic drama.
Dec 4, 2017
[An] enthralling and masterful achievement.
Jul 24, 2017
The sparseness and patience of My Happy Family are integral to its power, matching the inscrutability of Manana herself.
Mar 8, 2017
My Happy Family casually lays out the domestic space where the story's events takes place with acutely detailed cultural specificity.
Feb 17, 2017
My Happy Family borrows and remixes the social realism and aesthetic formalism of the Dardennes in a way that allows it to exude an energy all its own.
Feb 10, 2017
A quietly devastating portrait of what it means to be a woman in a man's world.
Jan 26, 2017
The scenes with Manana's relatives are masterful presentations of family as an overwhelming experience.
Jan 25, 2017
Remarkable blend of comedy and sadness.
Jan 23, 2017
It may well be the best film I've seen this year.
Jan 23, 2017
It's a simple, somewhat mundane scenario that, in the hands of a terrific cast and two talented filmmakers, is transformed into a minor Greek comic-tragedy, with one fearless woman trying to stave off loved ones who smother her with guilt and affection.
Jan 23, 2017
An interesting sociological perspective on a changing patriarchal society.
Jan 20, 2017
A small jewel of a film that gives this women-in-a-man's-world viewpoint a generational shift.