Sunday, April 3, 2011

Happy, Happy (2010)

Happy, Happy / Sykt lykkelig (2010)

Genre: Comedy
Director: Anne Sewitsky
Starring:  Agnes Kittelsen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Maibritt Saerens, Joachim Rafaelsen
Duration: 85 min.
Rating: 6.6/10

A perfect housewife, who just happens to be sex-starved, struggles to keep her emotions in check when an attractive family moves in next door. 

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Happy, Happy is a Norwegian film and is the debut feature from director Anne Sewitsky.  It was awarded the World Cinema Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.  It is a black comedy filled with some seriously awkward situations; for example two children, one white and one black, who 'play' a game of master and slave.

Although the actors were quite good, I didn't really find the story all that engaging, it was just too disturbing and not funny enough for a comedy.  What redeems the film for me is the inclusion of an unique element, interspersed throughout the film are scenes featuring a lively and well dressed a capella quartet performing gospel standards.  So weirdly out of place, this Greek chorus provides a fitting contrast for the dark theme of the film.

A solid first effort that could lead to some great things in the future with some better writing.


The Angry Lurker said...

Sounds weird alright.

Hermann Rorschach said...

Now this is a nice contrast to Senna!

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Lol, prudish is not a word anyone would use to describe this movie.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

I just noticed that, they have the faces of the male characters in the film, and they do look rather creepy.

Beasts in Human Skin said...

It does sound weird. And those are some freaky looking cherubim on the cover.

Drackar said...

hah. prudism, shoved into a film, it sounds like.

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