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Happiness
Original title:
Le bonheur
Slovenian title:
Sreča
Section:
RETRO: AGNES VARDA
Country, year:
France, 1965
Length:
79
Directed by:
Agnes Varda
Screenplay:
Agnes Varda
Cinematography:
Claude Beausoleil, Jean Rabier
Music:
/
Subtitles:
slovenian
Language:
French
Voting code:
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Cast:
Jean-Claude Drouot (François), Claire Drouot (Thér?se), MarieFrance Boyer (Emilie)
Awards:
Louis Delluc Award 1965, Berlinale 1965 (Silver Bear), /David O’Selznick Award

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Description:
When the film received its premiere in 1964, the main character's 'amorality' provoked controversy among the critics. A philosophical enquiry into the meaning and pursuit of happiness.
Young François is married to Thér?se. The couple have two small children and have a happy life. François nevertheless believes he could be even happier if he had an affair with a beautiful postal clerk Émilie. He starts meeting her in the afternoons and tries to lead his life loving both her and his wife, which drives Thér?se to despair. The film employs 'happy' colours, a painterly technique modelled on the Impressionist works that Varda references throughout the film.

"What does happiness really mean? Is there anyone allergic to happiness? To what point can one introduce unhappy incidents in a life and continue to be happy? I didn't ask myself, "If I make his wife die will he still be happy?" But deep down I asked myself, "What is the meaning of happiness, this need for happiness, this aptitude for happiness? What is this unnameable and slightly monstrous thing?" … People seem to have very violent and very contradictory physical reactions. Some men leave the theatre as happy as anything, feeling relaxed and very peaceful . . . Others feel all beat up almost unable to walk . . . There are women who come out crying, or else feeling really rotten." (Agnes Varda)