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Happy End (15)


A drama about a family set in Calais with the European refugee crisis as the backdrop.

The critical consensus

The Austrian director returns to many of his classic themes in a stark, unforgiving and gripping satire on bourgeois Europeans and the people who serve them.

*****Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 21/05/2017

Dryly humorous and exceptionally sour.

David Jenkins, Little White Lies, 28/11/2017

Happy End is very absorbing viewing. We’ve seen similar characters in countless other dramas and soap operas but their stories have never been told in as mysterious a way as they are here.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 29/11/2017

Happy End is Michael Haneke’s latest ironically titled exercise in cinematic hostility and, in some respects, it’s very much business as usual as he starts picking once again at the scab of bourgeois privilege.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 30/11/2017

A pitiless saga of privilege, complacency and a chilling disregard for the lives of others.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 01/12/2017

It is perhaps not top-notch Haneke but Happy End is an intermittently gripping film about loveless people in a joyless world. They could all do a lot worse than go on holiday with the characters from Paddington 2.

****(*)Ian Freer, Empire Online, 01/12/2017

Michael Haneke’s new film finds dark wit in assisted suicide, overdoses and the refugee crisis.

****(*)Simran Hans, The Observer, 03/12/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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