Over the course of a year, in a small town scarred and beaten down by industrialization, Tonda and Monika, friends since childhood, come to experience what life might be like if they could be with one another – which they seemingly can’t.
A carefully observed portrait of working class life, Something Like Happiness is shaped as a mosaic to follow three characters and their varying hardships. Friendship, place, and working class struggle find perfect articulation in director Bohdan Sláma’s acute cinematographic and dramatic sense.
Back in 2005, I lived in Prague and I rode the metro pretty much every day. Everywhere else in the world, if you saw a subway train covered in movie ads, it would be for the latest romcom or superhero flick, not a thoroughly depressing melodrama like 'Štěstí'. I believe this doesn't tell you everything about Czech people, but it does tell you everything about Czech film funding.