Happy End movie poster

Janet's TAKE: #HappyEndMovie has solid performances that  can't save this slow-moving depiction of the angst of a wealthy French family. D

There are
no sympathetic characters and Director Michael Haneke's approach is dark to say the least.

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 (Director) Haneke’s uniquely stark and unsympathetic style. Pairing pitch-black humor with chillingly precise direction, it’s proof – if we ever needed it – that he remains one of modern cinema’s true visionaries. -Sony Pictures Classics

Rating: R for some sexual material and language
Running Time: 107 minutes

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