Happy End (15)

Happy Haneke
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Michael Haneke and Isabelle Huppert reunite in this blistering satire on the family values and self-interest of the haute-bourgeoisie.

Master auteur Michael Haneke (Amour, The White Ribbon, Hidden) returns with a biting satire on bourgeois family values set in the shadow of the European refugee crisis.

Set in Calais, it focuses on the wealthy, neurotic and self obsessed Laurent family. Anne (Isabelle Huppert) has taken over the family business, her ailing father (Jean-Louis Trintignant) is constantly searching for ways to end his life and her doctor brother (Mathieu Kassovitz) is getting reacquainted with his estranged daughter (Fantine Harduin) after his ex-wife's apparent suicide attempt. Trouble is brewing, however, as inter-generational back-stabbings threaten to tear the family apart, and they fail to notice a new arrival has a dark secret of her own.

Pairing pitch-black humour with chillingly precise direction, it’s proof – if we ever needed it – that he remains one of modern cinema’s true visionaries.

France/Austria/Germany 2017 Dir Michael Haneke 107 min

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