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3.8
109 Ratings

This Happy Breed

Directed by David Lean
United Kingdom, 1944
Drama

Synopsis

David Lean brings to vivid emotional life Noël Coward’s epic chronicle of a working-class family in the London suburbs over the course of two decades.

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This Happy Breed Directed by David Lean

Critics reviews

With a discerning script, Lean’s discreet direction and a roundly impressive cast, The Happy Breed feels neither rushed, congested, nor sentimentally overblown. Rather, its vignettes are concise, powerful and unaffected. It is, quite simply, one of the most engaging and most charming movies ever made.
August 31, 2017
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Individual scenes are often quite strong, especially those involving Kay Walsh (who I didn’t realize was then Mrs. Lean) as the headstrong, magnetically irritating Queenie… But every time I started getting emotionally involved, the film would fade out and then fade in several years later, usually shifting focus to somebody else altogether.
April 25, 2012
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