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Happy Hour – Part 1

Director(s)
Ryūsuke Hamaguchi
Country
Japan
Year
2015
Language
Japanese with English subtitles
Duration
106 min

*Director Ryūsuke Hamaguchi in attendance May 10th.

Film presented in 3 parts (1st part: 106 min, 2nd part: 96 min, 3rd part: 115 min)
Single ticket for the 3 parts: 20$

Happy Hour 1: May 9, 6:30 pm
Happy Hour 2: May 9, 8:30 pm
Happy Hour 3: May 10, 6:30 pm

Four thirtysomething female friends in the misty seaside city of Kobe navigate the unsteady currents of their work, domestic, and romantic lives. When one of them disappears during a trip, the three other have to take stock.

A powerful affirmation of the immersive potential of cinema, Happy Hour is a slow-burning epic chronicling the emotional journey of four thirty-something women in the misty seaside city of Kobe. As they navigate the unsteady currents of their work, domestic, and romantic lives a sudden, unexpected rift opens between that propels each to a new, richer understanding of life and love. Filmmaker Ryūsuke Hamaguchi’s wise, precisely observed, compulsively watchable drama of friendship and midlife awakening runs over five hours, yet the leisurely duration is not an indulgence but a strategy to create a novelistic space for everyday moments to become charged with possibility that yields a subtle emotional intensity rarely possible in a standard-length film.

Winner of the Golden Leopard for Best Actress (shared by the 4 four main actresses) at the Locarno International Film Festival.

“I suspect we’ll be talking about this one for some time to come.” Film Comment

“Happy Hour commands respect through the audacity of its conception and scale, and it earns affection through its humane attentiveness.” —Reverse Shot

 

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Director(s)
Ryūsuke Hamaguchi
Country
Japan
Year
2015
Language
Japanese with English subtitles
Duration
106 min