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Family is the most important thing in the world to Kaja. She is an eternal optimist in spite of living with a man who would rather go hunting with the boys and isn't interested in having sex with her anymore because she "isn't particularly attractive." Whatever. That's life. But when "the perfect couple" moves in next door, Kaja struggles to keep her emotions in check. Not only do these successful, beautiful, exciting people sing in a choir, they have also adopted a child - from Ethiopia! These new neighbors open a whole new world to Kaja, with consequences for… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sewitsky is a bit too fond of the handheld camera, but she is immediate, close. Her first picture, daring title and all, takes an empathic look at a permanent puzzle."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Sewitsky aims for quirky humanism along the lines of Finland's Aki Kaurismaki; she's helped along considerably by Kittelsen's sunny performance, though the film crosses over into Scandinavian kitsch with a series of country-swing interludes."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Good-natured Norwegian culture-clash comedy between city folks and their new small-town neighbours."
‑ Siobhan Synnot, Scotsman
"The whole is thought-provoking and funny."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"I grinned a grin glazed with pure discomfort - which is, of course, the whole idea."
‑ Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
"A thoughtful, nicely played melodrama, bordering on patronising in its depiction of rural folk, but staying on the right side of the line - thanks to sympathetic performances."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"It is short and intense enough that it always seems on track, even if the train goes nowhere."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Like its heroine, the story never dwells on the heartbreak, delivering plenty of wry smiles and surprises as the four adults are forced to confront all the glaring problems in their marriages."
‑ Jamie Healy, Radio Times
"Darkly comic and surprisingly touching in equal measure."
‑ Rebecca Ellis, Little White Lies
"Sweet but never saccharine, Happy Happy is as delicate as Kaja and just as endearing."
‑ Josh Winning, Total Film
"The curdled Norwegian comedy-drama "Happy, Happy," which dissects a pair of poisoned marriages, is sometimes heavy-handed (like its title) but has much to recommend it."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
""Happy, Happy" has the makings of a Norwegian "Ice Storm," but it goes out with a whimper."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"While highlighting the messier side of human interaction, this Norwegian black comedy blends snappy wit and romantic farce to keep us entertained even when things get rather dark."
‑ Rich Cline, Contactmusic.com
"Happy, Happy starts out cartoonish and ends up oddly endearing."
‑ Mike McCahill, Guardian
"Succeeds thanks to winning performances, assured direction and a sharply observed script, though it's slightly let down by a dodgy sub-plot."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
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