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Happiness is No Joke

Happiness is No Joke

A Feature film by Guillaume Nicloux

Produced by Play It Again

Release in France : 20/12/1995


    Michel, forty-five, has just lost his wife. He is alone in the corner of a bar, on Christmas Eve. During the night, his encounters with a variety of drifters will bring him one pleasant surprise: Nadine. He will tell her his secret. Nadine will tell him hers. They'll flee this night full of coincidences together.

    Actors (12)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Play It Again

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Play It Again

    Co-productions :

    Ingrid productions, TSF Productions

    French distribution :

    Play It Again

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    "This film is a dream, unless it's a nightmare. A fix of a film starting with nausea and an overdose of melancholy. (...) "After a series of absurd situations and fanciful atmospheres," to use Guillaume Nicloux's quaint expression, (...) Nadine and Michelle live out the traditional disheartening Christmas Eve as best they can. As for Nativity, they leave a trail of passionate corpses of passion, lousy men and humiliated women in their wake. But they don't kill anyone. (...) Happiness is No Joke is a strange film. Just like its booby-trapped and reversible title: misfortune is nothing to cry about."
    (Olivier Séguret - Libération)

    Full credits (11)

    Executive Producer :

    Hugues Desmichelle

    Adaptation :

    Guillaume Nicloux

    Director of Photography :

    Raoul Coutard

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Jérme Lascombe

    Production Designer :

    Grégoire Callens

    Sound Mixer :

    Christian Fontaine

    Assistant Director :

    Lionel Steketee

    Screenwriter :

    Guillaume Nicloux

    Sound Recordist :

    Erik Ménard

    Editor :

    Brigitte Benard

    Music Composer :

    Marcel Kanche

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 25 min

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