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FRENCH IMPRESSIONS – HAPPY END + TALK
20th January 2018 @ 13:00 - 15:00
WATERMANS ART CENTRE presents: FRENCH IMPRESSIONS – HAPPY END + TALK by Jon Davies
Haneke never fails to surprise and his latest, HAPPY END won’t disappoint with an end shot that you will love in cinema history. Jon Davies explores his extensive work in French Cinema.
HAPPY END (15)
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. Featuring a cast of top acting talent, including Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz and Toby Jones, it’s a piercing dark comedy on the blind preoccupations of middle-class angst. When her mother falls ill under mysterious circumstances, young Eve (Fantine Harduin) is sent to live with her estranged father’s relatives in Calais. The Laurent family – wealthy, neurotic and self-obsessed – own a lucrative construction company and live in a sprawling mansion house, waited on by servants. But trouble is brewing, as a series of intergenerational back-stabbings threaten to tear the family apart. Meanwhile, distracted by infidelities and betrayals, they fail to notice that their new arrival has a sinister secret of her own.
Nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, HAPPY END bears all the hallmarks of Haneke’s uniquely stark and unsympathetic style. 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.
This programme includes the talk at 1pm-2pm and a screening at 2.30pm. To book for the film only on this day, please contact the Box Office.