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Our Happy Lives

Our Happy Lives

A Feature film by Jacques Maillot

Produced by Magouric Productions

Release in France : 01/12/1999

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Executive Producer :

Magouric Productions

Film exports/foreign sales :

Pyramide International

Co-productions :

Idéa Productions, TSF

French distribution :

Mars Distribution

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Julie comes out of hospital, Ali leaves Morocco to study in France, Emilie and her boyfriend are splitting up, Lucas is trying to find himself, Cécile kills boredom by taking photos, Jean-Paul is a Catholic activist. Six friends, six intersecting lives, each struggling to find their own particular, tenuous path. But not without struggle, pain or the suffering of losing oneself for a while or for good. And not without moments happiness either, the joys of friendship and love, of discovering or rediscovering one another.


If I had an ambition in "Our Happy Lives" it was to pay a personal tribute to a few people I claim to know. I transformed them into fiction heroes to do justice to their beauty, to the humiliations they have gone through, to the laughable battles they have fought, to the hope that buoys them despite everything. These characters answer only to themselves but it is the fragile bonds "we" have managed to create together which give me the arrogance and naivete to consider myself one of them. May others also be able to recognize themselves in them too.

Jacques Maillot – Director, excerpt from the press folder

Full credits (19)

Executive Producer :

Laurent Bénégui

Screenwriters :

Jacques Maillot, Éric Véniard

Sound Recordist :

Frédéric de Ravignan

Camera Operator :

Thomas Bataille

Press Attaché (film) :

Marie Queysanne

Sound Editor :

Pascal Ribier

Continuity supervisor :

Céline Breuil-Japy

Music Composer :

Allie Delfau

Costume designer :

Bethsabée Dreyfus

Sound Mixer :

Gérard Rousseau

Assistant directors :

Mathieu Pasquale (de), Alexandra Denni, Juliette Maillard

Director of Photography :

Luc Pagès

Assistant Operator :

Claire Caroff

Production Manager :

Jean-Christophe Colson

Editor :

Andréa Sedlackova

Assistant editor :

Claire Raingeval

Production Designer :

Valérie Berman

Casting :

Brigitte Moidon

Sales Agent :

Éric Lagesse

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Feature film

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100% French (France)

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Runtime :

2 h 25 min

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Dolby DTS

Posters (1)


Festival Selections (4)

Tokyo- French Film Festival - 1999

Tokyo- French Film Festival (Japan, 1999)


Feature Films

Cannes International Film Festival - 1999

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1999)


Official Competition - Feature Films