A powerful character study that twists many cinematic conventions and shocks the viewer with disturbing scenes that contrast with the lily-white setting in suburbia. Kate Winslet and Jackie Earle Haley are terrific. Still, something about the movie feels heavy-handed.
Not as insightful or complex as it would like to be, has some serious issues with muddled tonality, and the goofy narrator undermines the film's sporadic attempt to take itself seriously. Still, it's never overwrought, we have an interesting enough story and some fine acting from the ever-enchanting Kate Winslet. Ever so mildly recommended, if you've completed everything else on your list.
Adoro narratori con voci tenebrose fare da cornice alle immagini. Ma porcoggiuda, non si può fare di un film un audiolibro, perdipiù con questa voce narrante stile JOIN THE ARMY: i film dovrebbero lasciar parlare le immagini. A tratti sembra davvero Happiness, meno delicato e meno intenso (ma meglio del 2): ci sono il sex offender, la nevrotica insicura, la gente che si tradisce, il maniaco soft, i bambini. 4/5
Tales of affluent, suburban ennui are dime a dozen and exhaustingly cliched. However, amidst such cliches found in this film, there are wonderful fragments of narrative, hypnotic uses of aural rhythms and a magnificent cast. Jackie Earle Haley stands above the others, delivering a taut, challenging performance that manages to elicit both empathy and disgust.