Le Bonheur

Showed at Images 6/12/2018

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

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Introduction by Alexis Goodin, Curatorial Research Associate at the Clark Art Institute

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?

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

“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