Sunday, March 11, 2007

La Vie secrète des gens heureux / The Secret Life of Happy People

Director: Stéphane Lapointe - feature film directorial debut
Cast: Gilbert Sicotte, Marie Gignac, Catherine de Léan, Marc Paquet
Canada, 2006

Seen: February 19, 2007 Academy screening at the NFB

Reason to see: 4 Genie nominations (Direction, Actress in a Supporting Role - Marie Gignac, Original Score, Original Screenplay), won the Claude Jutra award, and attempting #7 on my 101 list: See 1 film a week in the theatre for a year. This is week 9/52.

It was so lovely to get an opportunity to see this film, which although nominated for multiple Genie's, was not released in Toronto. Revolving around a 'happy' couple and their slightly awkward son, this film blends the reality in which we live and what it takes to get it to where it is. Great acting, interesting premise and delightfully Canadian made this film enjoyable to watch.

There were some slight things I found a little unbelieveable, but not enough to really bother me.

Shannon's Overall View:
I enjoyed it
I'd watch it again
I'd recommend it

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Sacred Suzie said...

Were they really happy or is it about what we consider happy? I have no idea! I don't know this one either but it sounds very interesting and very Canadian.

Jamie said...

Interesting review, Shannon. It gave me enough info to know what it's about and think hmm, I'd probably like that.