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Happy, Happy [Blu-ray] (2011)

Henrik Rafaelsen , Joachim Rafaelsen , Anne Sewitsky  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Henrik Rafaelsen, Joachim Rafaelsen
  • Directors: Anne Sewitsky
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Norwegian
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005X7HA76
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,727 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Happy, Happy [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Family is the most important thing in the world to Kaja. She is an eternal optimist in spite of living with a man who would rather go hunting with the boys, and who refuses to have sex with her because she "isn't particularly attractive" anymore. Whatever. That's Life.
But when "the perfect couple" moves in next door, Kaja struggles to keep her emotions in check. These new neighbors open a new world to Kaja with consequences for everyone involved. And when Christmas comes around, it becomes evident that nothing will ever be like before even if Kaja tries her very best.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Weird Potpourri February 17, 2012
Potpourri is a mix of stuff with little logical connection amongst the mix. This movie pot revolves around two married couples one of which has moved into a rental house (in isolated Norway) that is next door to it's owners - also a married couple. An incongruous assemblage. The couple that moved in are highly educated with an adopted young African son. The owning couple, less educated, has a son who mercilessly torments the other boy because he's black and withdrawn most likely because he's suddenly with white parents in snowy white Norway. The two couples each have their secrets which, predictably, concerns sex and compassionate understanding thus the movie's tension. Resolution comes in some surreptitious sex (little is shown). There's no tele or radio but there is some wireless web access. They interact by a few shared dinners followed by awkward after-dinner guessing games. Singing in the nearby town's choir is the only activity we see outside of the homes but plays an important role.

What's weird, almost comical, is how each person comes to grips with their personal secret - trust, sex, understanding, self-confidence. Even for the adopted boy reading for the first time about how slavery relates to him, then followed by the positive counterpoint of seeing President Obama on the web. Strange, but entertaining, are the frequent random scene breaks where a singing group that look like suited CIA/Matrix types belt out bluesy, gospel, rap songs in English; all the more strange in a Norwegian film.
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3.0 out of 5 stars HAPPY, HAPPY Is Mostly Everything But February 28, 2012
I found HAPPY, HAPPY a bit of a quandary. It's a film that's not quite certain what it wants to be, except possibly to be labeled with the adjective "original," which it isn't all that much. Someone over at apparently found it "hilarious and incisive," which it really wasn't, either. Parts of the film clearly are intended to be humorous - maybe quirkily charming in some foreign-ish, philandering way - but it's entire leaps and bounds from either "hilarious" or "incisive." And someone at Variety apparently dubbed it "a winning comedy" ... but winning at what? Drama? Comedy? Melodrama? Contemporary marital horror nightmare? What?

At best, HAPPY, HAPPY is a character study in exaggeration, as none of these characters came off feeling all that legitimate to me. According to the film's press materials: "Family is the most important thing in the world to Kaja" ... yet, twenty minutes into the film, Kaja apparently believes performing oral sex on a near-total stranger in the room next to where her husband is waiting for her to come out of the bathroom is ok, so that kinda/sorta negates the whole premise of Kaja finding the concept of "family" all that important. Doesn't it? Not proof enough for ya? Well, forty minutes into the flick, Kaja is running naked through a frozen Winter countrywide - all hot & bothered from having just given the near-total stranger another bout of oral madness - while her son is walking up the drive. Of course, he sees mommy in the buff, frolicking as she is in the snow with someone who ain't dear ol' dad. Welcome to therapy, kid. Yeah, that whole concept of "family" sure ain't selling this picture!

Now, to be fair to the character of Kaja, family really ain't all that important to her.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not really a comedy but entertaining and good April 2, 2012
In backwoods Norway a young married couple with a son rent their adjoining house to another young family from the city. Everyone discovers something about themselves in this quirky independent entertaining film.

There are a lot of plots taking place at once.
The rural couple has an unhappy marriage and the perky wife Kaja is getting less perky and more horny.
The new couple have moved out to the country when the husband discovered his wife's affair and wanted a change of scenery. They have a black son, possibly adopted but it could also be the mother's from another man.
The rural white child is disturbed from the strained family dynamics and can be bullying and insulting.
The younger quiet black boy is just discovering what it means to be black in a white world.
The new couple and the perky wife join a church chorus as she has always wanted to sing but had been told she had a terrible voice.
There is a male quartet who does American standard musical interludes as a Greek chorus. (Are they connected with the church choir?)
The two couples interact over dinners and games and secrets and passions are revealed.

The acting is great as is the photography. There is a great soundtrack. It almost becomes a quirky comedy but it also almost becomes a darker more unhappy film and this tension continues to the end. There is a lot of love and finding yourself in this movie and most importantly it treats the audience as well as the screen couples as grown-ups. The story is about problems but they might yet work out as life moves on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strange but interesting August 6, 2012
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I agree with several of the other reviewers who expressed some confusion about the intent of this film. Perhaps the problem comes somewhat with the translation of the title, which, in Norwegian, is more like "Insanely Happy." Then there is the really strange presence of the barbershop quartet, four clean cut white guys in suits, singing American gospel type songs in a snappy way. Maybe they are supposed to be a sort of Greek chrous, pointing out the irony of supposed happiness in an unhappy world? Sort of a throwback to American tv shows of the 50's? Is that it? Is the film making a comment about the futility of Kaja, the main character, to pretend to be happy, who smiles a lot, even when being abused by her nincompoop husband and bratty child? Maybe that's what it's supposed to be telling us.

Anyway the scenery is beautiful if you like snow..(I do) and the actors are very good. The plot is simple and effective: an educated Danish couple rents a house in rural Norway for awhile. We learn, early on, that it's because the woman has had an affair and this is their way of getting away from that. She is a lawyer, and they are obviously very liberal as they adopted a child from Africa. They rent a house from a couple, their same age, with their own son, the same age as the African boy. They are not in the same league as the visitors, as Elisabeth makes plain at some point later in the film. Kaja, the local woman, is very impressed with Elisabeth, whom she sees as very beautiful and self confident and seems to have a perfect life with a perfect huband. It's an interesting setup and the plot unfolds, a bit predictably but with enough surprises to keep you interested. If it were not for the presence of the Barbershop Quartet, this would be a simple, effective, quiet drama.
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