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Aren’t You Happy?

Director(s)
Susanne Heinrich
Country
Germany
Year
2019
Duration
80 min
Language
German with English subtitles

In this utterly one-off début feature, Susanne Heinrich’s archetypal “melancholy girl” wanders the city in search of shelter. Po-faced and pensive, she engages in conversations with strangers in a series of encounters, lust-fuelled or otherwise. Over the course of 15 deadpan vignettes of varying degrees of absurdity, she tries to find herself in a world where nothing stays the same. Maternity, sexuality, coupledom and social conventions: Aren’t You Happy? is an existentialist comedy whose feminist discourse, offbeat, postmodern and fiercely of-the-moment, is served up as delectably kittenish kitsch. (FNC 2019)

The dry humour and kittenish kitsch of the film’s aesthetic belies just how savage is its wit. It won’t be for everyone – but then that’s presumably the point of a film which pairs intellectual provocation with sparkly unicorns. – Screen International

Best Feature Film – Max Ophüls Festival 2019
Panorama International – Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 2019
Official Selection – Rotterdam 2019

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Director(s)
Susanne Heinrich
Country
Germany
Year
2019
Duration
80 min
Language
German with English subtitles