Happy End (Dir. Michael Haneke) (France-Germany-Austria) (2017)
Michael Haneke, the Oscar-winning director of CACHÉ, THE WHITE RIBBON, and AMOUR, follows a French family living in a grand home, with barely contained bitterness towards one another spilling into one profound revelation after the next. Gradually succumbing to dementia, George Laurent, the octogenarian patriarch of the Laurents, an affluent upper-bourgeois family, shares his palatial manor in Calais with his twice-married son, Thomas, and Anne. Anne, a divorcee, has to handle the impact of a disastrous workplace accident caused by her disappointing son Pierre’s negligence, while at the same time, the urgent hospitalisation of Thomas’ ex-wife from a mysterious poisoning. An edgy, blackly comic tale from the master of rigorous nihilism. Starring Isabelle Huppert and Mathieu Kassovitz as chilly siblings, and Jean-Louis Trintignant as their father.