In this extremely strange Czech film, the grim story is told in reverse. The film literally runs backwards at the beginning as it depicts Mensik’s severed head rolling back onto his body during a beheading.
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What makes this film, whose narrative is entirely in reverse order, even more bizarre and blackly humoured is that it comes down to a unapologetic middle aged murderer attempting to survive beyond death by going backwards into his past for a happier life. By the end, the film does feel like it has outstayed its welcome even at 71 minutes, but something this gleefully macabre and strange should be treasured.
A decapitation and a full-on dismemberment were never funnier and as lighthearted as in this innovative Czechoslovak black comedy. If anyone (including myself) thought 'Memento' had invented a new narrative form, we were dead wrong. The visual gags are hilarious and surreal. Charming and classy despite the otherwise gruesome tragedy the characters have to go through.
Recommended to all cinephile. Brilliant filmmaking!! Very genius written screenplay. The dialogues are very meaningful, even in backwards!! So pay attention really close, really-really close. Inspiring&strangely very funny (esp.the narration)! Everyone who enjoys memento or the movie alike should really see THIS!Really-really SEE THIS!!!
it's crazy how well this concept works, but the film runs a bit out of steam near the middle when one of the backwards/forwards gags is stretched too thin. i think czechoslovakia in the 60s is probably my favorite setting to see in film, it's so appealing yet alien to me. (this is a solid 3.5/5 btw)
Delirious and hilarious. One of the best experimental-filmmaking gems in the surroundings of the always brilliantly crazy Czech Nová vlna. There is no film like this one. A masterpiece from end to beginning.
You will never say "Memento goes backwards" again.
Lipsky es uno de los directores más innovadores y transgresores de la Nueva Ola Checa. Primero con su "Limonada Joe", sátira al cine de género y crítica al consumismo, y ahora "Happy end", un filme que narra la historia de un individuo que contempla su vida del final al inicio. En base a la trama trágica, se arma otra que curiosamente también tiene consecuencias trágicas. El filme en cierta forma no goza un happy end