Happy happy

Happy happy

DVD - 2012 | Norwegian
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Family is the most important thing in the world to Kaja. She is an eternal optimist in spite of living with a man who would rather go hunting with the boys, and who refuses to have sex with her because she 'isn't particularly attractive' anymore. Whatever. That's life. But when 'the perfect couple' moves in next door, Kaja struggles to keep her emotions in check. Not only do these successful, beautiful, exciting people sing in a choir; they have also adopted a child from Ethiopia.
Publisher: United States : Magnolia Home Entertainment, 2012.
Branch Call Number: HAP
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (88 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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dprodrig
Nov 02, 2015

I wouldn't classify this movie as a comedy, unless extremely awkward moments are your idea of a good time. It does do an interesting job of exploring relationship dynamics, and Kaja does grow into her skin throughout the course of the film.

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Nursebob
Dec 31, 2014

Kaja is a woman determined to put on a happy face and keep it there despite being stuck in a tiny northern town with Eirik, her boorish dolt of a husband and a young son who, although still innocent, is already mimicking a few too many of his dad’s habits. It’s no surprise then that she is overjoyed when a sophisticated couple from the big city begin renting the house next door with their little adopted African son in tow. Although Sigve and Elisabeth are definitely not country folk they soon warm up to their quirky neighbours, especially after a disastrous night playing board games. And that’s when the complications begin. The new couple, we soon discover, have a few problems of their own and as everyone begins letting their guard down the stage is set for some very interesting twists. Alternating snowy landscapes with warmly lit interiors Anne Sewitsky has fashioned a wonderfully modest little crowd-pleaser with just the right balance of humour and drama. Her four leads are completely believable as they take turns sticking pins in one another unaware of the effect their behaviour is having on the two children who embark on a series of cruel games themselves. With fidelities being tested and relationships on the brink it takes a few stinging revelations to set everyone back on track, even if some find themselves pointing in new directions. A well made little gem that respects its audience yet never takes itself too seriously. And the Greek Chorus of gospel singers was brilliant!

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mjayh
Aug 23, 2014

A collection of lost, unhappy characters floundering their way to more honest lives. A fine film.

Samsung Aug 17, 2014

A real movie, full of Freudian dynamics. It seems several people are wondering where the humour is in the film; the film does, at moments, have some hilarious black comedy.

The children's slave scenes may have arisen out of the boy's hatred for his mother being re-directed at the boy's friend (who represented the other father). I do not know much about Norwegian history but looked at historically it brings to light their connection to the slave trade.

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HellbillyHillhound
Jun 20, 2013

The liner note in the jewel case reads,"A winning comedy." -Variety How about a disturbing melodrama? Kaja needs help. She's nutty and CRAZY!! The most Non-traditional Christmas films every.

majonita Aug 24, 2012

A highly problematic, although very well-made film. Perhaps the filmmakers "bit off a bit more than they could chew," as they

attempt, in my opinion, to tackle too many difficult issues. Just the relationship between the two boys might have been more

than enough for one film, yet it is almost brushed under the rug and overshadowed by the issues, conflicts and 'shenanigans' of
their parents.

The very fact that this is being marketed as a comedy, as pointed out by GuyN, is bizarre--if not unintentionally ironic. "Happy Happy" is a very misleading translation of the original, as if the film's US distributors have mistaken dysfunction for "fun." Yet the film IS interesting, if not compelling, for the very dysfunction that it depicts--as well as some moments of wild joyfulness.

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GuyN
Apr 27, 2012

I expected more from this Norwegian "comedy", having found Elling a delightful, quirky, gentle humor experience. The quirkiness is there but how a reviewer could find this movie "Hilarious!" escapes me. This is more in the line of The Kitchen, interesting, but barely funny. Maybe I'm not Norwegian enough. This movie has a fair amount of sadness and a disturbing sub plot between the white and the black kid. I suspect that Happy Happy is a very poor translation of Sykt Lykkelig. Great location shooting in the snow covered North and enough character examination to be watchable. I consulted a Norwegian-English dictionary and it appear that the title might translate "Sick Happy" or "Fortunately Ill". An idiom perhaps?

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zal1
Feb 24, 2012

A Norwegian movie that deserves to be watched for its unpredictability.

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majonita Aug 24, 2012

majonita thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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majonita Aug 24, 2012

Sexual Content: Contains full frontal nudity.

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