23rd ATHENS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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Happy End

29/9/2017, 22:00, Ideal

The director of “The White Ribbon” and “Amour” investigates the secrets of a wealthy French family, the members of which are being recklessly dishonest with each other. One by one, the truths are uncovered as the director reveals a dark network of desperation and alienation which spreads its roots from one generation to the next. Haneke doesn' t expect the viewer to like his characters and doesn' t offer the relief of a satisfying ending. He makes one thing clear: If you like happy endings get ready to be unpleasantly surprised.

Happy End

A wealth family owns an impressive mansion in Calais, North France, not far from the refugee camps. The members of the family play a peculiar hide and seek game: the elderly father decides to end his life. The daughter has become a workaholic to conceal her emotional deadening. The son isn’t the loyal husband everyone believes him to be. The grandson proves to be insufficient. The 13 year-old great-granddaughter isn’t as innocent as she seems.

As truths are being revealed, the director uncovers a secret network of despair and alienation that spreads through generations. He does not ask of the viewers to like his heroes and does not offer the relief of a satisfying ending. But he makes sure of one thing: whoever believes in happy endings is in for an unpleasant surprise.

Director: Michael Haneke
Screenwriter: Michael Haneke
DoP: Christian Berger
Editor: Monika Willi
Principal Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Toby Jones, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz, Fantine Harduin, Franz Rogowski

France, Germany, Austria | 2017 | Color | DCP | 107' | English, French