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Happy End (2017)


Date and Time:
Friday 19 January 2018, 8:30PM

Venue: Cinema (St James Cavalier)
Cert: 15
Language: French (with English subtitles)

HAPPY END (Michael Haneke, 2017) pits bourgeois family life in the French port city of Calais against the European refugee crisis that’s knocking at its door. Secrets, lies, betrayal and deception lurk beneath the polished surfaces of luxurious parties and lucrative businesses; an added preoccupation with social media and surveillance add to the exploration of middle-class malaise, where each family member’s personal crisis becomes part of the tangled web that is the family unit. HAPPY END amplifies that which remains unsaid around the dinner table through farce and comedy that’s darker than dark. It’s a savagely satirical family drama where Michael Haneke (FUNNY GAMES, 1997; CACHÉ, 2005; THE WHITE RIBBON, 2009; AMOUR, 2012) explores his familiar themes of dysfunctional relationships and denial with tireless energy – a nightmare exposé of contemporary European life that combines the Austrian auteur’s signature blend of horror and satire.

Price: €7 for the general public and €6 for cinema members

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