Archive of films Happy End / Happy End

France / Germany / Austria
2017, 107 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2017

In his new film screened in competition at Cannes, two-time Palme d’Or winner Michael Haneke returns to his regular focus on family, and even revisits two characters from his previous main screen offering Amour. While the earlier movie examines the bond between an elderly couple, viewers of Happy End observe the disintegration of a traditional middle-class family against the backdrop of the current refugee crisis.


As befits middle-class families, the Laurents come together each day at the table, but this is the only thing which unites them. From the patriarch and his daughter, down to the two grandsons and great-granddaughter, each has his or her own concerns and the atmosphere isn’t helped by the current refugee crisis in Calais, where they live. Mere hints of the stories of the individual characters justify the impression that the family is irrevocably falling apart. Michael Haneke remained faithful to his familial theme and to his cinematic style, which is always a revelation. The first sequences of the film, interwoven with the opening credits, are captured on a mobile phone, auguring the unsettling scenes that document the disintegration of the Laurent family. The filmmaker also returns to characters portrayed by the same actors in his earlier film Amour: Georges, defenceless in old age, is embodied by Jean-Louis Trintignant, while Anne, who strives to maintain a sense of decorum, is again played by Isabelle Huppert. Our attention, however, strays to Eve, representing the youngest generation – a bit confused but surprisingly pragmatic.

Eva Zaoralová

About the director

Michael Haneke (b. 1942, Munich) studied philosophy, psychology, and theatre science in Vienna. After a number of made-for-TV movies he shot the trilogy The Seventh Continent (1989), Benny’s Video (1992), and 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (1994), in which he analysed the relationship between violence and modern media. His other works are also marked by a certain pessimism towards man and the dark side of his soul; several of his greatest international successes have also been seen by Vary audiences: The Piano Teacher (2001, Grand Prize of the Jury and Best Actor and Actress awards at Cannes), Hidden (2004, Best Director and FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes, European Film Awards for best film, direction, actor and editor), The White Ribbon (2009, Palme d’Or and FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes, EFAs for best film, direction and screenplay) and Amour (2012, Palme d’Or at Cannes, EFA for best film, direction, actors, Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film).


Les Films du Losange
22, Avenue Pierre ler de Serbie, 750 16, Paris
Tel: +33 144 438 724
E-mail: [email protected]

Jirečkova 8, 170 00, Praha 7
Czech Republic
Tel: +420 224 947 566
E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Michael Haneke
Screenplay: Michael Haneke
Dir. of Photography: Christian Berger
Editor: Monika Willi
Art Director: Anthony Neale
Producer: Margaret Ménégoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, Michael Katz
Production: Les Films du Losange, X Filme Creative Pool, Wega Film
Coproduction: Arte France Cinéma, France 3 Cinéma, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Arte
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz, Fantine Harduin, Franz Rogowski
Sales: Les Films du Losange
Distributor: Aerofilms


Ivo Andrle



© 2021 FILM SERVIS FESTIVAL KARLOVY VARY, a.s. [email protected] +420 221 411 011 All contacts

HistoryHistory GalleryGallery
HistoryHistory ContactsContacts
Archive of filmsArchive of films KVIFF TalksKVIFF Talks
Industry Days July 5 - July 8Industry Days July 5 - July 8 ContactsContacts
VideogalleryVideogallery GalleryGallery
HistoryHistory Festival GuideFestival Guide