Agnes Kittelsen and Henrik Rafaelsen in "Happy, Happy"
Sundance Film Festival
Director: Anne Sewitsky
Kaja is an overly optimistic woman living in the middle of nowhere who is married to a man who hasn’t had sex with her for over a year. She claims that family is the most important thing—despite the fact that her husband and son don’t treat her particularly well. Although her life isn’t ideal by any means, she gets through it with a glowing smile. When the “perfect couple” moves in next door to Kaja it doesn’t take long for a light hearted couples game to blow massive holes in Kaja’s failing relationship with her husband, which ultimately leads to a full blown affair with the neighbors. The film explores the intricacies and resilience of adult relationships, but the mediocre development of the characters makes it hard to care about who they’re sleeping with. Ultimately "Happy, Happy" is a sad look into the lives of four insecure adults who are grappling with their identities and marriages that were probably never meant to be.