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A Happy Event (Region A) (English subtitled) French movie

4.1 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Synopsis: Barbara (Louise Bourgoin), a young graduate student, is madly in love with her boyfriend Nicolas (Pio Marmai) and deep into writing her thesis when she learns she is pregnant. Reeling from the initial shock, Barbara alternates between excitement and trepidation. Amidst a flurry of congratulations, she tries in vain to conform to the image of the happy expectant mother, but is instead exasperated by the tedious yogic breathing classes, and finds herself complaining to her girl-friend about her suffering sex life. Once her baby is born, everything becomes alarmingly real. She's faced with a helpless little being who needs everything from her love most of all. But despite the support of those around her, including that of her devoted partner, Barbara struggles to connect with her child.

Product Details

  • Actors: Josiane Balasko, Louise Bourgoin, Pio Marmai, Richard Firmine, Gabrielle Lazure
  • Directors: Remi Bezancon
  • Format: Dolby, NTSC, Color, Subtitled, Blu-ray
  • Subtitles: English, Chinese
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Panorama (HK)
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B6B7MGW

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"A Happy Event" ("Un heureux événement") is a French romantic comedy with a difference. The story centers on a young couple, Barbara (Louise Bourgoin, "Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec"), a graduate student of philosophy, and Nicola (Pio Marmaï), a movie director wannabe working at a rental DVD shop. They fall in love with each other (with a lot of references to famous movies), and start living together. Then Barbara becomes pregnant.

Based on a book written by Eliette Abecassis, "A Happy Event" deals with maternity or motherhood, topic that is rarely considered as a central theme of a romantic comedy. It works, and the fast-paced film is notable for its detailed descriptions of what happens to a woman when she has a baby, which are often realistic and expressed with light-hearted touch. The film (ironically titled, of course) is not all about "happy events," but even the more serious moments are offset by sense of humor that arrives in the most unexpected fashion.

But what makes the film special is the chemistry between the stars Louise Bourgoin and Pio Marmaï. Though most supporting characters are stock types (with an exception of Barbara's mother Claire played by Josiane Balasko, whose complicated relationship with her daughter is one of the film's best assets), the young couple Barbara and Nicola are credible and likable. The second half of the film is a bit weak, covering more familiar territories, but "A Happy Event" is funny, honest (including some nudities) and often insightful.
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Young woman is attending graduate school (her mother states at least twice that SHE had insisted that daughter go), rents videos and is attracted to the clerk. They start seeing each other and he has the idea of them having a baby. She agrees, even though she apparently has NO job and he is a clerk in a video store. Neither one of them thought this through. She becomes pregnant.

Then comes the story of her pregnancy, hormones, etc. She doesn't want to attend her natural childbirth classes and the midwife (?) and her boyfriend (he never attended either) lay guilt trips on her when she is in labor. She gives birth to a huge, rather unattractive baby girl (the hugeness causes her a lot of physical problems). As far as I could tell she and the boyfriend never got married, but the subtitles say he is her husband. Boyfriend gets a better job (doesn't say what) and wears a suit, but remains flaky and unaware. She stays home all day with baby and is depressed. She says she has hardly left the house in a year! I never really saw any great attraction or compatibility between this couple, so it's not very interesting. Mother-in-law (?) is weird and says she breastfed son until he was five. She gives the daughter-in-law a huge metal/mechanical breast pump.

Overall, depressing, boring, and doesn't have much to say.
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I found this movie on Netflix not too long before I became pregnant. I fell in love with it and watched it SO much until Netflix removed it like it does with many movies. (SAD DAY)
That's when I came here to buy it.
To me, the movie is more real than any other pregnancy movie. It's not your typical american "meet handsome man, fall in love, both have good family lives and careers, get married, have baby, happily ever after, the end" story. In fact, it's quite the opposite! But even in the end, it leaves you with a satisfied curiosity. Hopeful. Pleased.
After going through pregnancy and raising my own son, I feel it connects more with real-life situations and emotions. Doing things, crazy things, out of love and lust. Struggling through your consequences, and in the end, accepting life as it is and feeling happy and hopeful for the future.
Not only that, but the actors in this movie are stunning. Louise Bourgoin shows perfect emotion in the situations she faces throughout the whole movie. As does, Pio Marmai and everyone else. It was like watching a real-life couple on the screen. Great chemistry.
All in all, if you haven't seen this movie, you should. Simply said.
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Some people will like this film a lot. It's French, it has attractive stars, there's plenty of nudity and sex and it is supposedly a sensitive view of real life. It's the kind of thing I usually love and I'm not sure why I didn't like this much. Probably because I had no sympathy for the female lead character. She seems to be a child of a broken home who has a constant chip on her shoulder. She complains about her mother, and hates her father, has an uncomfortable pregnancy, a miserable birth, and an exhausting time with the baby. She also hates her mother-in-law and soon begins to hate her husband. Her faculty adviser dumps her. The baby cries all the time---who can blame it? The photography is pleasant and there is a lot of soft, tinkly music to signal when something touching is happening. I didn't make it through to the end.

By the way this can't be called a romantic comedy. There is absolutely nothing funny about it.
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So much more than what hollywood has done with films on pregnancy and child rearing, this film has me coming back again and again. Loved it.
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