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Happy End (15) S

Friday 08 December 2017 to Thursday 14 December 2017

Happy End (15) S

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  • Director Michael Haneke
  • Origin France
  • Year 2017
  • Duration 107 minutes

“As stark, brilliant and unforgiving as a halogen light” ★★★★★ - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian 

Anne (Isabelle Huppert) is the chatelaine of both her family’s estate and lucrative business, having inherited it from her father Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) – who is suffering from dementia and occupies a Lear-esque place in their household, waited on by long-suffering Moroccan servants.

A portrait of a dysfunctional family; Anne’s engagement to British lawyer (Toby Jones), her deadbeat son Pierre (Franz Rogowski), her secretive brother Thomas (Mathieu Kassovitz) and the mysteriously self-possessed Eve (Fantine Harduin), whose mother is in hospital.

A blistering satire of the haute-bourgeoise, wrought by master of cinema, Michael Haneke (Amour, The White Ribbon) exploiting his familiar themes of familial dysfunction and psychological violence; the horror of death and the obsession with surveillance – to brilliant effect.