A Happy Event (Region A) (English subtitled) French movie
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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.
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.
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.
By the way this can't be called a romantic comedy. There is absolutely nothing funny about it.
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