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Movie Review: Happy End | CFM News
From left, Fantine Harduin, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Isabelle Huppert, Laura Verlinden, Toby Jones and Mathieu Kassovitz in "Happy End," directed by Michael Haneke. Credit Sony Pictures Classics A drama about a family set in Calais with the European refugee crisis as the backdrop. Peter Travers on 'Happy End': Yes, That Title Is Ironic Austrian writer-director Michael Haneke has made many a masterpiece – and his latest, Happy End, isn't one of them. Yet this cinematic poke in the eye about an upper class family imploding still exerts a perverse fascination. From early provocations like The Seventh Continent (1989) through later boundary-pushing works like The Piano Teacher, Cache, The White Ribbon, Funny Games (both the original and it's English-language remake) and Amour, the fillmaker specializes in the toxic indifference that can kill a family or society as a whole. He offers no easy answers. As the man himself once said: "My films are intended as polemical statements against