Bourgeois eviscerator Michael Haneke is back with the droll, disjunctive HAPPY END, where all the adults, infantalized by their status, behave like children. Given the director’s cool detachment, this never descends into slapstick—until a joyous final iPhone shot of Anne (Isabelle Huppert) running to rescue her father (Jean-Louis Trintignant) from the abyss.
HAPPY END, now playing.
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Fantine Harduin and Mathieu Kassovitz in Happy End (2017). Image credit: Sony Pictures Classics.