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3,339 Ratings

Le bonheur

Directed by Agnès Varda
France, 1965
Drama, Romance

Synopsis

Francois faces a dilemma when he finds himself falling in love with an attractive postal worker. He is married to the good-natured, beautiful Thérèse, who raises their children at home. What follows is a detailed study of adult fidelity and happiness, with major repercussions for all those involved.

Le bonheur Directed by Agnès Varda

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1965 | 2 wins including: Interfilm Award - Recommendation

1990

Prix Louis Delluc

1964 | Winner: Prix Louis Delluc

Viennale

2006

2011

The first thing about “Le Bonheur” is its riot of color… a painterly mix that is more reminiscent of the cosmic intimacy of Bonnard’s paintings than of the Impressionist works that Varda references throughout the film. And for Varda, the charms of Impressionism are raw material that she subjects to analysis and criticism—it’s a film in which emotional life and sensual delight are seen through the prism of sociology, psychology, and philosophical reflection.
June 09, 2010
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More than Le bonheur’s feminist politics and the fact that they were slightly ahead of their time, it is on the level of form that the film is so unsettling and calls up so many contradictory interpretations. One need only look at the opening and closing scenes to understand the complexity of Varda’s strategy.
January 21, 2008
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A beautiful and disturbing 1965 feature by Agnes Varda about family happiness, full of lingering and creepy ambiguities… Provocative and lovely to look at, this is one of Varda’s best and most interesting features (along with Cleo From 5 to 7 and Vagabond).
December 01, 1990
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