Happy End

Director: Michael Haneke
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz
Duration: 112 min

These screenings also feature Michael Haneke - Image Everlasting, the latest short film from the prolific Lewis Bond of Channel Chriswell YouTube fame, in which he investigates the aesthetics of the Austrian auteur's body of work in his trademark poetic cine-essay format.

Following Caché and the 2013 Oscar-winning Amour,, the solipsistic hypocrisy of a privileged French dynasty is fertile ground for writer/director Michael Haneke. His preoccupations with dysfunctional relationships, surveillance and death – both a fear of and a longing for – all feature in this horrific comic drama. In a magnificent mansion in Calais, Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant respectively play the scheming matriarch and demented, suicidal patriarch of an haute-bourgeois family. Also of their party are a feckless son (Rogowski) being groomed to run the family firm he risks ruining through negligence, a shady English insurance broker (Toby Jones) and the thirteen-year-old malevolent Eve (Fantine Harduin), who forms a strange bond with her grandfather. Outside in the city refugees wait their chance to get through the tunnel. An eerie and gripping parable for our anxious times.

8.0/10 3 ratings.

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