Happy End

Directed by Michael Haneke, Starring Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz and Toby Jones

Happy End? Unhappy End? I don’t think these people know the difference. This is a horribly blasé snapshot of the lives of privileged, miserable people. At times the story is told from a distance and you are left trying to guess what the hell is going on, and other times you are closer than you’d like to be to these terribly unlikeable characters and what they are up to. The story also skips over big chunks of what would seem important to most people with any kind of soul, like the death of a pivotal character, but no, we jump right over it like it didn’t matter.

Are the performances excellent, sure, but the film itself is too distant and the characters too cold for me to care about any of it much. Maybe that was what Haneke was after.

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