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Michael Haneke · France/Austria · 2017 · 107 mins · Not Rated · French with subtitles
Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant star in Michael Haneke's film about the dysfunctional lives of a bourgeois European family. Over a glorious career that has seen him elevated to the pinnacle of international filmmakers, Haneke has demonstrated a cool command of the subjects under his microscope. With “Happy End,” the partial sequel to “Amour” — winner of the Academy Award for Foreign Language Film — the master expands the previous film's scale considerably to form a kaleidoscopic portrait of both a family and a society in deep chill.
The ironically titled film follows the antics of the high-strung Laurent clan. Anne (Isabelle Huppert) has taken over the family business from her ailing father, Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant). The cast includes Anne's fiancé (Toby Jones), her deadbeat son (Franz Rogowski), her brother (Matthieu Kassovitz), who has just been saddled with his 12-year-old daughter from a previous marriage (Fantine Harduin.
The dark side of domestic dynamics continues to haunt Haneke's work. As Anne, prim and proper, tries to keep everything together, she finds she has a worthy foe in the form of her young niece. As things start to spin into chaos, Haneke guides us through another masterpiece of familial dysfunction. –Toronto International Film Festival
A satirical nightmare of haute-bourgeois European prosperity….and there is Haneke’s distinctive preoccupation with surveillance and video recording as unsparing moral reproaches to what we choose not to see in our own behaviour. Haneke combines this with a new interest in the affectless social-media livestreaming, instant messaging, and YouTube supercuts. --The Guardian
Vexing, perplexing and brilliant. The Financial TimesAn exceedingly clever, thought-provoking and dark reflection on life, death and family relations. The Globe and MailCast Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz
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