Happy, Happy (Sykt lykkelig)

Anne Sewitsky’s nimble directorial debut represents a rare achievement in independent film: an intelligent, adult comedy that is truly funny. Kaja and Erik are a 30-something couple with a young son, living a rather dull life in the Norwegian countryside. New neighbors move in next door, and at first glance they seem to be the couple’s mirror image and perfect friend material. Slowly, however, the differences that do exist (the new couple’s adopted son is African, the husband is full of sexual energy, and the wife is Danish!) manifest themselves in increasingly disturbing ways.

Sexual adventure, secrets, racial and ethnic stereotyping, and choral ability are all factors in a sweet and sad story that encourages laughter rather than tears as the characters face the inevitable realities of couplehood and adulthood. Happy, Happy won the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

2010. Norway. TK.
A Magnolia Pictures release.

Director: Anne Sewitsky
Writer: Ragnhild Tronvoll
Producer: Synnøve Hørsdal
Cinematographer: Anna Myking
Editor: Christoffer Heie
Production Designer: Camilla Lindbråten

Cast: Oskar Hernæs Brandsø, Ram Shihab Ebedy, Agnes Kittelsen, Henrik Rafaelsen, Joachim Rafaelsen, Mabritt Saerens, Heine Totland