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Happy End is a 2017 film by Michael Haneke starring Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant.


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  • Armor-Piercing Response: When Thomas asks his daughter at the beach why she thinks he would leave Anaïs, she replies he also left his first wife. He doesn't have an answer to that.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Once again, Haneke takes many stabs at the bourgeoisie.
  • Black Comedy: Like most of Haneke's previous films, Happy End has a dark, pessimistic tone, but some parts have a comedic element to them. For example, the ending has Eve helps her grandfather commit suicide before pulling out her phone to record his death.
  • Driven to Suicide: Both Georges Laurent and his granddaughter Eve are. Both fail.
  • Happy Ending: Played with, of course. The ending is formally happy but in quite a twisted way.
  • Mythology Gag: To some of Haneke's filmography.
    • The Seventh Continent: Eve tries to commit suicide by overdosing on medical pills.
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    • Benny's Video: A camera films a child murdering another person.
    • 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance: Georges asks his barber to help him buy a pistol.
    • Code Unknown: Eve recounts to her father a story about a classmate who stole a jacket from another classmate.
    • The Piano Teacher: Thomas Laurent is romancing a musician, and they both send each other messages reminiscent of the letter written by Erika.
    • Caché: The scene in which Thomas picks up his daughter from school is filmed exactly like the scene of Georges picking up his son from school. There is also a subplot concerning adultery, but this time, it is explicit rather than ambiguous.
    • Amour: Jean-Louis Trintignant and Isabelle Huppert play father and daughter once again. In addition, Trintigant's character is once again an old man who delivered a Mercy Kill to his paralyzed, bedridden wife by suffocating her.
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