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3.2
947 Ratings

Happy End

Directed by Michael Haneke
France, Austria, 2017
Drama

Synopsis

A drama about a family set in Calais with the European refugee crisis as the backdrop.

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Happy End Directed by Michael Haneke
Haneke presents [Eva’s relationship with Georges] as ironically positive, showing how the two bond over their mutual contempt for the people around them. Yet this development doesn’t register as truly provocative, since Haneke has already explored the longing for death more disturbingly (in Benny’s Video) and more poignantly (in Amour). It’s another moment in Happy End that registers like a track on a greatest hits album as opposed to a fresh discovery.
March 13, 2018
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After the poignant tenderness of The White Ribbon (2009) and Amour (2012), Michael Haneke teams back up with the Devil in Happy End, his eagerly awaited but coldly received take on modern technology and the European migrant crisis. As topical as it is, Haneke’s latest exercise in cynicism and violence unfolds in a string of clichés about bourgeois dysfunction and malaise, littered with contrived characters whose privileged status only partially explains their lack of dramatic depth.
January 03, 2018
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Instead of conventional transitions, there are abrupt shifts that resembles clicking through channels on a television. A scene of domestic disorder will cut to a web video in which an adolescent boy giddily chronicles his hair and skateboarding styles from videos past, and the movie lets this clip roll on quite a while before showing us that it’s something Eve is watching on her computer. This strategy has a distancing effect, but also forces the viewer to stay on his or her toes.
December 21, 2017
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film Happy End

    18 years of this. Amour emotionless sequel. There's the Manneken Pis and then there's Haneke-will-piss on your expectations. He still has it. It has a bleak an ending as ever but with a more aromatic ending. Even if it is open-ended I can still see a world of hurt within those characters. what's with the "pee on my face whilst smiling"? (sounds wayy better in French).//Eve is already a Nazi. How's little Paul alive?

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Happy End

    I admit that, for the first hour, I was wondering if there was any point; thinking that if this weren't a Haneke film starring Huppert & Trintignant, I wouldn't have heard of it. But in the end it it all comes together masterfully. In fact, it wasn't until 20 minutes before the end that I realized that this is a sequel to Amour. Which I suppose is a deliberate conceit by Haneke. From that moment on, I was mesmerized.

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Happy End

    A fimlic exercise in self-hatred, typical of the masochism of many a Western artists and intellectuals. The 'decline of the West' celebrates all sorts of pathologies: from the mega-cities of finance, the refugee crisis to the fate of anonymous laborers. Coupled to these an obsession with the unfathomable bodily/mental/moral decay contains moments of irony, parody and angst vitiated though by an abysmal film style.

  • josé neves's rating of the film Happy End

    Digital. The bourgeois crap has no limits with this director and to be in Calais is totally senseles, after all, the refugees serve no purpose except to be worse than "backdrop", as stated in the Mubi synopsis: they are mere manipulable extras used in two supinely hypocritical scenes - it's not a compliment. The director's gaze is coincident with those of the character who opens and closes the film.

  • ig_____or's rating of the film Happy End

    "Happy End" delivers a contemporary update on technological voyeurism, dysfunctional middle-class families, emotional detachment and similar recurring themes present on Heneke's filmography. Unfortunately the family members were so bleak that - apart from the juicy interactions between the little girl and Trintignant's patriarch - you couldn't care less about all of them. A lukewarm result, I would say.

  • Jérémy Poirier's rating of the film Happy End

    Michael Haneke's latest film is one of great originality and who doesn't hold its punches. Judging by the subject matter and the fact that the director is 76 years old, this could have been very cliché and dated but Haneke rarely disappoint. Plus, the editing is captivating and the way that the story is structured is brilliant. The ending is unforgettable. Masterpiece.

  • oldeuboi's rating of the film Happy End

    Can we call it the spiritual sequel to 'Amour'? Yes, it still covers Haneke's familar ground. And perhaps lack of the edge that made 'Amour' (or his other previous masterpiece) so great. Yet don't defies the fact that it's brilliant as always.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Happy End

    After 'The White Ribbon' and the somewhat tender 'Amour' Haneke returns to his cold and emotionally aloof portrayals of the 'ruling class' with this poke at capitalism and social media. Expertly cast with a strong turn by Huppert and a masterful performance by Trintignant. While not at the caliber of some of his previous work this latest film from Haneke still is a worthy entry to his rich filmography.

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