Something Like Happiness

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A trio of friends residing in an urban Czech housing project finds that happiness can come from the place where you least expect it in this quirky and heartfelt drama from Wild Bees director Bohdan Sláma. As the shadow of the country's largest chemical factory looms large over their bleak industrial suburb, Monika (Tatiana Vilhelmová), Tonik (Pavel Liska), and Dasha (Anna Geislerová) hold out hope for a brighter future in another place. While supermarket employee Monika's dreams are built around the hope that she will someday venture to America to be with her boyfriend, George, Tonik secretly pines for Monika, and single mother Dasha finds comfort in the arms of a married man while slowly drifting from reality. As Tonik flees his conservative parents to live on the farm of his eccentric aunt, Dasha's grip on reality finally slips -- leaving her two young children in the care of Tonik and Monika. As things begin to look up for the willing but inexperienced new parents, a lifetime of happiness is finally within their reach.

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Critic Reviews for Something Like Happiness

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (2)

  • Honest and incisive, a film without a message, just telling it like it is.

    Oct 27, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's the comic, touching glimpses into a society run aground that make Something Like Happiness special and link it with the gentle fables of the Czech New Wave films of the 1960s.

    Sep 1, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • Third time's the charm for Czech helmer Bohdan Slama, whose talent for locating the dignity in the downtrodden of his native Czech Republic is on moving display.

    Feb 3, 2006 | Full Review…

    Eddie Cockrell

    Top Critic
  • A thoughtfully performed, gently quirky human drama about choices made and their often surprising consequences.

    Feb 3, 2006
  • ...the dedication of the writer/director and his cast make it a worthwhile film for the movie buff.

    Sep 3, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Sláma has captured those type of childhood friendships grown into maturity which are encircled by loosely connected parents all long time acquaintances because of their kids.

    Aug 14, 2006 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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