In The Home  •  Coming Soon  •  June 06, 2018 Happy End

★★★★★ A black comedy of pure sociopathy

Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian

★★★★★ A vexing, perplexing and brilliant cinematic puzzle

Raphael Abraham – The Financial Times

Master auteur Michael Haneke (Amour, The White Ribbon, Hidden) returns with a biting satire on bourgeois family values set in the shadow of the European refugee crisis. Featuring a cast of top acting talent, including Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz and Toby Jones, it’s a piercing dark comedy on the blind preoccupations of middle-class angst.

When her mother falls ill under mysterious circumstances, young Eve (Fantine Harduin) is sent to live with her estranged father’s relatives in Calais. The Laurent family – wealthy, neurotic and self-obsessed – own a lucrative construction company and live in a sprawling mansion house, waited on by servants. But trouble is brewing, as a series of intergenerational back-stabbings threaten to tear the family apart. Meanwhile, distracted by infidelities and betrayals, they fail to notice that their new arrival has a sinister secret of her own.

Nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, Happy End bears all the hallmarks of Haneke’s uniquely stark and unsympathetic style. Pairing pitch-black humour with chillingly precise direction, it’s proof – if we ever needed it – that he remains one of modern cinema’s true visionaries.

Filmmakers
Director: Michael Haneke
Writer: Michael Haneke
Cast
Isabelle Huppert
Mathieu Kassovitz
Jean-Louis Trintignant
Toby Jones
Official Selection
Cannes Film Festival 2017
Sydney Film Festival 2017
New Zealand Film Festival 2017
Melbourne Film Festival 2017
Genre
Drama