Le Bonheur

Tuesday, 6/12

Starring: Jean-Claude Drouot, Claire Drouot, Marie-France Boyer

Inspired by Jean Renoir’s Picnic in the Grass and by the pastoral paintings of the French Impressionists, Le Bonheur is a wry social satire that subtly questions the ideal of the modern, happy family. In a deceptively cheery color palette, Varda depicts a handsome young carpenter (Jean-Claude Drouot) living contentedly with his wife and children (portrayed by Drouot’s actual family), until he meets a pretty young clerk and the two begin an equally satisfying affair. But can these arrangements fulfill all involved?

  • Director: Agnès Varda
  • Runtime: 1 hour 19 minutes
  • Genre: Drama


  • Tue, 6/12 — 7 pm

“For Varda, the charms of Impressionism are raw material that she subjects to analysis and criticism—it’s a film in which emotional life and sensual delight are seen through the prism of sociology, psychology, and philosophical reflection.”

– New Yorker