Sundance Film Festival: Praise for HAPPY, HAPPY

For those who weren’t paying close attention, Anne Sewitsky’s HAPPY, HAPPY may have seemed to come out of nowhere when it collected the World Cinema Jury Prize for a dramatic film at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday night. But, in fact, the Norwegian film about love and infidelity had been quietly gathering glowing reviews.’s Amanda Mae Meyncke noted that HAPPY HAPPY “may be one of the nicest and sweetest films about infidelity ever made.” She added, “Ultimately a complicated film that abounds with joy and sadness, HAPPY HAPPY is one of the best films I saw at Sundance, and a mature exploration of the difficult world of adult relationships.”

Screen Daily’s David D’Arcy wrote, “Anne Sewitsky directs delicately, with an eye for signs of relationships faltering and for the space in which new attractions can’t be resisted.”

Salt Lake Magazine’s Andrew Pridgen predicted, “Both Sewitsky and [screenwriter Ragnhild] Tronvoll seem destined for big-budget success … This year’s fest portends mainstream film careening toward honest discourse in relationships … Should this come true, HAPPY HAPPY … is a step ahead.”

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