Film Sunday “Happiness” (1998)

The film for Sunday, 10 November, will be “Happiness” (1998) written and directed by the independent American film-maker Todd Solondz. Awarded in Cannes Film Festival for “its bold tracking of controversial contemporary themes, richly-layered subtext, and remarkable fluidity of visual style”, the movie tells the story of a pedophile and how he destroys his family, but the sub-plots are as important as the main theme. The film contains amazing doses of dark sense of humor, and a tremendous absence of political correctnes – these are apparently the trademarks of Todd Solondz. “Happiness” has been very controversial, but at the same time it was considered the best film of 1998 by Newsweek.