A movie that *seems* simple and straightforward. However, the hidden depths of this wonderfully clever (and quite beautiful!) picture leave us, as spectators, having the last say about what's happening. A whirlwind about domestic family life, about falling in love and about the rules behind relationships. Brilliant. Thought-provoking!
I felt the revolution. The people are constantly in rebellion. But it has been years since they made a revolution. Le Bonheur is about family and love, the rebellions in the core family, the revolution of the emotions - the sacrifices. The first film I've seen by Agnès Varda and it has taken hold of me.
Le Bonheur fills me up with a feeling of melancholy and nostalgia and gives my sadness a bitter taste. i miss the sun, i'm exhausted. i miss hearing the birds singing, everything's so quiet. i miss the wind, the rays of sunshine when they carefully lay on my arms. i miss the love i have to give to everything i see when it's warm outside but i've been feeling all worn up lately, i miss everything from march to august.
It’s really pleasant to read such lovely and deep comments about a film which I really wonder who else out of few french students would take time to watch and really appreciate : no star from the Nouvelle Vague here (even if i love JLG films too), even Varda herself is not enough admired in her own country. Thanks to internet it’s possible to keep the magic of cinema alive.
I am very impressed. First off the whole design of the film is amazing. Set, props and costume add such depth to the characters and give a very strong sense of how to view this film. When at first it seems to be a film about love and happiness in relationships, Varda manages to pull the rug from under you and reveal a much darker and serious side to this piece. The dialoge and direction is great as usual.
3,8. "Le Bonheur is not about the story, nor is it even about how the story is told. It is, centrally, about how a story is seen through the joint perspectives of an almost preternaturally detached director and a viewer who is bound to enter it with preconceptions." - Mónica Belevan / Vague Visages
Another masterpiece from Agnes Varda. Like The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg, Le Bonheur uses beautiful awe-inspiring colours to hide darker truths. Few films are as vicious or uncompromising as this, an unflincing evisceration of patriarchal societies' dreams that sees free love, open relationships as just another tool for the sublimation of women. One reviewer compared this to The Stepford Wives. It's darker than that.
Colorwise, top notch. Great photography, cinematography, framing, music, atmosphere. The plot twist is too naive, even if that's the tone of the whole movie. It lacks (and blocks for the viewer) imagination crippling it narratively and poetically. Still, quite good. Brassens posters included.