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todd_solondz_iconTodd Solondz - Humor and the Human Condition


  • 1998
  • Directed By: Todd Solondz
  • Rated NC-17
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 134 Minutes
  1. Saturday, December 1, 2012 6:30 p.m.
Promotional image from the film Happiness
Happiness is a perplexing dark comedy of perversion. The film challenges its viewers in all of the best ways – it’s desperate and sad, yet we laugh, as we attempt to understand the characters, some of whom are despicable. The film is an ensemble piece with its main focus on a fractured family from New Jersey called the Jordans who on the surface seem to be cut from mainstream, middle-class America. As we get to know this multi-generational family, we are introduced to their despair, frustrations and inner demons. The film was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival for “its bold tracking of controversial contemporary themes, richly-layered subtext, and remarkable fluidity of visual style”. (35mm presentation)