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R | | Drama | 22 December 2017 (USA)
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A drama about a family set in Calais with the European refugee crisis as the backdrop.

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Gradually succumbing to dementia, George Laurent, the octogenarian patriarch of the Laurents, an affluent upper-bourgeois family, is uncomfortably sharing his palatial manor in Calais, the heart of the infamous migrant jungle, with his twice-married son, Thomas, and Anne, his workaholic daughter who has taken over the family construction business. Divorced and frigid, Anne has to handle the impact of a disastrous workplace accident caused by her disappointing son Pierre's negligence, while at the same time, the urgent hospitalisation of Thomas' ex-wife from a mysterious poisoning, leads his sulky 13-year-old daughter, Ève, to live with her father and his new wife, Anais. Undoubtedly, in this family, everyone has a skeleton in the closet, and as the fates of the Laurents enmesh with insistent and ignoble desires, a peculiar and disturbing alliance will form. But in the end, some secrets are bigger than others. Written by Nick Riganas

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Rated R for some sexual material and language | See all certifications »

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$13,600,000 (estimated)

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$123,395, 15 January 2018
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Although Jean-Louis Trintignant has been retired since 2003, he only comes back to working on films if Michael Haneke is directing. He considers Haneke the greatest director alive and would act for him in any film (in both big and smalls roles). Michael Haneke also considers Trintignant one of his all time favorite actors (along side with Marlon Brando). See more »

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The character of Frank has been entirely dubbed over for the original release, and in many scenes, it's painfully obvious. See more »

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Referenced in Evening Urgant: Ëlka (2017) See more »

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Happy it End-ed
10 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

Happy End. The title says it all here - I was "Happy" when it came to an "End". Director/Writer Michael Haneke ("Amour" 2012) has a following that this first time viewer of his work doesn't get. With an opening that is long and doesn't make sense, a story line that is filled with so many sub-storylines that aren't fully established or supported, camera work that lingers way too long on various subjects, and subtitles that wiz by at times, the experience just isn't worth it. Set in the Calias, France estate of patriarch George Laurent (Jean-Louis Trintignant "Amour"), we find him fed up with his alcoholic daughter Anne (Isabelle Huppert "Elle" 2016) and her wondering son Pierre, his twice divorced son Thomas (Mathieu Kassovitz ""Amelie" 2001) and Thomas' introverted daughter Eve (Fantine Harduin "Fanny's Journey" 2016) who comes to live with him after her mother is hospitialized with self poisoning. If only George can end his life-I feel your pain George, I feel your pain! Along the way, we meet family lawyer Brashaw (Toby Jones "Tinker Tailor Solider Spy" 2011), who becomes one of the family during a very odd reception. Director Haneke may have a story here, but he's unable to keep the multiple storylines clear, and often the camera work is too close to the environment thus make it unclear as to where we are in the story and the various locations. Little Fantine Harduin at least makes the viewing experience somewhat interesting. Why more viewers didn't work out of this one, I'll never understand. This film was screened at the Palm Springs International Film Festival #PSIFF2018


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