First World Misery in Haneke’s Happy End

Haneke’s latest take on technology and family dysfunction has anything but the above

A connoisseur of despair, acclaimed Austrian director Michael Haneke is a keen observer of the malignant absurdity of society, winning two Palmes d’Ors for The White Ribbon and Amour. His latest, Happy End, retreads familiar ground while presenting new perspectives on his favorite topics.

Offering a candid portrait of a wealthy Calais-based family, Happy End doesn’t pull punches, mercilessly exposing secrets, lies, and bourgeois hypocrisy as the protagonists dive deeper into self-inflicted misery oblivious to the refugees wandering the streets around them. Slow paced and meditative, Haneke comfortably settles into the niche he created over the last decades: the destructive tendencies of modern technology and the surveillance it encourages, spiritual malaise amid material comfort, emotional egotism and indifference to suffering.

His trademark long shots help create an evocative yet unsettling atmosphere, his incohesive narrative concealing layers of hidden meaning in each scene. Anchored by Isabelle Huppert as a strong matriarch keeping the family together, the riveting cast stoically faces their intolerable existence in minute detail.

Starts Oct 6, Votiv, 9., Währinger Strasse 12. votivkino.at 

Starts Oct 20, Burg, 1.,Opernring 19. burgkino.at

Anja Stevic
Is a Croatian born writing for Metropole. After moving around, she decided to make Vienna her hometown, where she is currently pursuing her MSc in Communications. In her free time, she is attending exhibitions, photographing or analyzing data.

Help us help you

“Strong media and independent journalism are built on the shoulders of subscribers. Your support means the world to us.

Benjamin Wolf
COO & Managing Editor

The coronavirus outbreak affects and challenges your life in big and small ways. Metropole is here for you and we are proud to be your news source during this crisis.

But just as the coronavirus has increased the need for independent journalism, it has also undercut a major revenue source of media companies, ours included – advertising.

We need your support to keep it up – donate or subscribe and #helpushelpyou!

Support Metropole!


 

RECENT Articles

The Coronavirus in Austria & Vienna | 50% of New Infections from Travelers ...

Here’s all you need to know about current measures and developments, including trusted sources and tips – regularly updated.

Walking ‘Before Sunrise’ – Celebrating 25 Years of Vienna’s Iconic Film

Shot in just 25 days in the summer of 1994, Richard Linklater’ s disarming look at flirtation, friendship and conversation opened the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, leading to two sequels and a creative partnership.

With COVID-19, Don’t Throw Caution to the Wind

Can we catch COVID-19 just from the air we breathe? Over 200 scientists say yes, and have requested the WHO re-classify the virus as an airborne pathogen.

Wiener Linien Steps in to Save the City Bikes

In an adroit move by Mayor Michael Ludwig, the enormously popular public bike rental program is to be Integrated into Vienna’s Public Transport Network.

Beirut to Vienna – Funeral March for the Dead

Following the devastating explosion in Beirut, the Lebanese diaspora in Vienna is demonstrating in support.

The EU Deal Enters a New Phase

After an agreement over a coronavirus relief package, the European Union is working to implement the plan.
 

METROPOLE NEWSLETTER

Join over 5,000 Metropolitans, who already get monthly news updates and event invitations.