Happy, Happy [Blu-ray]
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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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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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I enjoyed the movie - and the gospel group with banjo (I'm searching for their name); I play the same repertoire on my banjo and I believe, the idea for the film-script was... Read morePublished 19 months ago by FrizzText
Would say to others watch it but do not expect a very lively performance. Bit drab and slow. But will keep in my collection.Published on September 23, 2013 by ron james
The pace of this film will be too slow for some people, but I found it to be interesting and engaging, and I wanted to see what would happen next (don't read too many reviews;... Read morePublished on June 10, 2012 by D. S.
I really enjoyed this movie. It has a very original plot, in my opinion. I don't judge movies based on all of the technical aspects, I just rate it based on how much I enjoyed... Read morePublished on April 3, 2012 by Arnie
Music, lyrics, entertaining!
Plot, quirky but intriguing.
Subtitles easy to follow. Read more
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