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Instrueret af Todd Solondz
USA, 1998
Drama, Komedie, Kult


Set in the suburbs of New Jersey, this darkly comic, unsettling feature follows the lives of the Jordan sisters — perky, wannabe-musician Joy, cheery housewife and mother of three Trish, and sultry, sophisticated poet Helen — after a failed date brings a curse upon their family.

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Happiness Instrueret af Todd Solondz

Priser & festivaler

Cannes Film Festival

1998 | Vinder: FIPRESCI Prize

Independent Spirit Awards

1999 | 3 nomineringer inklusiv: Best Director

Toronto International Film Festival

1998 | Vinder: Metro Media Award


I watched Happiness again 12 years after first reviewing it and thought it was amazing. Not just the scene with Dylan Baker trying to drug and molest that kid — maybe one of the most notorious examples of how a filmmaker can twist an audience’s identification since the heyday of Alfred Hitchcock — but the entire movie. It was funny, sad, sincere, ugly, tough, weird, occasionally horrifying. You could not watch it and feel nothing.
November 22, 2016
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It dawned on me that Solondz was engaging not in simplistic mockery but in a twisted compassion: an attempt to identify with a monster. Perhaps I had changed as a viewer in the intervening years—whether through a greater familiarity with Solondz’s work, or simply through shifting priorities as a movie-watcher, i.e. more of a tolerance for films like Solondz’s that toe the line between contempt and empathy.
June 23, 2016
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