Happy, Happy

  • 15
  • Anne Sewitsky (2010)
  • Nor (SUB)
  • 84 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

An extramarital affair rocks the already unsteady relationships of two couples in this low-key Norwegian charmer. Kaja (Agnes Kittelsen) has a boundless enthusiasm for life, but it masks an unhappiness with her inattentive husband, surly son and the prospect of an uneventful future in their rural community. When a middle-class couple rent the adjacent property, Kaja finds a release from her frustrations with cuckolded husband Sigve (Henrik Rafaelsen). Like its heroine, the story never dwells on the heartbreak, delivering plenty of wry smiles and surprises as the four adults are forced to confront all the glaring problems in their marriages. Director Anne Sewitsky also makes the point that the games grown-ups play are often as cruel and thoughtless as those of their kids. But the chief pleasure of this bittersweet comedy is the believable transformation of the initially overeager and awkward Kaja into a confident and capable woman.

Plot Summary

Comedy drama starring Agnes Kittelsen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Joachim Rafaelsen and Maibritt Saerens. When a seemingly perfect family move in next door, the usually optimistic Kaja is moved to re-evaluate her unfulfilling life with with her inattentive husband. But it soon turns out that Kaja's neighbours have their own marital problems, too.

Cast and crew

Cast

Kaja
Agnes Kittelsen
Eirik
Joachim Rafaelsen
Elisabeth
Maibritt Saerens
Sigve
Henrik Rafaelsen
Theodor
Oskar Hernaes Brandso
Noa
Ram Shihab Ebedy

Crew

Director
Anne Sewitsky

Other Information

Language: 
Norwegian, Danish, German +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
TLA Releasing
Guidance: 
Swearing, sex scenes, nudity, drug abuse.
Available on DVD
Released 16 Nov 2012
Categories
Comedy
Drama

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