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60 Ratings

Happiness Is a Warm Gun

Directed by Thomas Imbach
Switzerland, 2001


Petra, the 1980s “green queen” and peace activist, is shot in her sleep by her lover and political ally, former West German army general Gert. He kills himself shortly afterwards. Was it murder, or did she want that shot?

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Happiness Is a Warm Gun
Directed by Thomas Imbach

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2002 | Perspektive Deutsches Kino

Locarno International Film Festival

2001 | Golden Leopard

Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente

2011 | Foco Thomas Imbach

Swiss Film Prize

2002 | 2 nominations including: Best Film

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What are people saying?

  • Aedin Walsh's rating of the film Happiness Is a Warm Gun

    I watched this knowing nothing of the historical context or people portrayed... The beginning is weak, but it's worth seeing it through to the end. I wasn't convinced of the balancing of male:female through the film, after reading of the two people they portray after... I wanted her to have more active taking of space, to question him more.. More physicality maybe.. hard to describe. I will sleep on it...