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Happening(L'Événement)

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France
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2021

1h 40m

Director Audrey Diwan
Starring Anamaria Vartolomei, Kacey Mottet Klein, Luàna Bajrami, Louise Orry-Diquéro
Genre Drama
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An adaptation of Annie Ernaux's eponymous novel, Happening focuses on Anne, a bright college student who wants to finish her studies to escape her working-class background. One day, her life is changed by an unexpected pregnancy. Living in 1960s France where abortion was still illegal, Anne must take matters into her own hands.

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The Hollywood Reporter by David Rooney

Happening is often a tough watch, compassionate but brutally honest, and almost breathless in its chronicle of a struggle that has obviously stayed with the author for decades.
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Variety by Guy Lodge

Happening is filmed and performed in such a delicate, skin-soft register, meanwhile, that the escalating terror of Anne’s situation is all the more pronounced, eventually pivoting into a realm of wholly realism-based body horror.
70

Screen Daily by Lee Marshall

There’s a slight lack of dramatic tension in much of the lead-up to its harrowing finale, with too much weight placed on the capable shoulders of the French-Romanian actress Anamaria Vartolomei.
80

The Guardian by Xan Brooks

Adapted from Annie Ernaux’s autobiographical novel, the film plays its private trauma as a harrowing thriller, and showcases a superb performance from Anamaria Vartolomei as Anne Duchesne, the agonised student in the spotlight.

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