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Happiness

7.5
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Original title
Happiness
Year
Running time
139 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Todd Solondz
Music
Robbie Kondor
Cinematography
Maryse Alberti
Cast
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Producer
Good Machine / Killer Films
Genre
Drama. Comedy | Black Comedy. Comedy-Drama. Ensemble Film. Independent Film (US). Sexual Abuse
Synopsis / Plot
When a young woman rejects her current overweight suitor in a restaurant, he unexpectedly places a curse on her. The film then moves on to her sisters. One is a happily married woman with a psychiatrist husband and three kids. Unfortunately the husband develops an unnatural fascination for his 11 year old son's male classmates, fantasizes about mass killing in a park, and masturbates to teen magazines. One of his patients has an unrequited fascination for the third sister. Meanwhile the apparently stable 40 year marriage of the sister's parents suddenly unravels when he decides he has had enough and wants to live a hermit's life in Florida. Obviously, the whole movie is slightly warped in its viewpoint and certainly presents abnormal relationships among all of its parties.
Awards
1998: Cannes: FIPRESCI Award
1998: Toronto: Best Movie
1998: National Board of Review: Best Acting by an Ensemble
1998: Golden Globes: Nominated for Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
1998: New York Film Critics Circle: 3 Nominations inc. Best Film
1998: Independent Spirit Awards: 3 nominations, including Best Director
1998: Mar del Plata Film Festival: Official Selection
1999: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): Best Int. Ind. Film - English Language
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