"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.
A slight yet solid effort from the master that plays like a greatest hits (a mix of Benny´s Video, Amour, Piano Teacher and Caché) and with its title could very well be a fitting end to a singular directorial career. However, the story does not come together and feels splintered and unresolved. And the refugee theme that is tacked on at the end feels very left field and does not make much sense.
Saw this in Paris I believe. The wrong movie to experiment watching without subtitles with. I got most of it but some parts confused me. Couple of great moments, mainly the ironically intentionally unintelligible scene where the old white man in the wheelchair talks to the black youths on the street from an inaudible distance, daring you to assume the content and intent of their interaction.
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.