WIFF | FILMS

HAPPY END

Review

Director:

Michael Haneke

Genre:

Drama

Country:

France/Austria/Germany

Rated:

UNRATED

Year:

2017

Language:

French

Runtime:

107 Minutes

Description:

Haneke’s focus in Happy End is in how privilege and wealth, treated nonchalantly, can corrupt and distort humanity. Here, they’ve turned a family belonging to the wealthy bourgeoisie into several generations of unhappy psychopaths who quietly hide some of their pathologies while disguising others as benevolence — especially toward the immigrants who serve them and live on the fringes of their lives. While this isn’t a distinctly French critique, it certainly feels like a very timely one. The film is set against the refugee crisis in Europe — the family lives in Calais, the major point in France where migrants attempt to cross to England — but you’d barely know it because our subjects only let the sojourners among them impede on their consciousness when it suits them in some way. 

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