Le bonheur Le bonheur
  • France
  • 1965
  • 80 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • French
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  • Spine #420

Though married to the good-natured, beautiful Thérèse (Claire Drouot), young husband and father François (Jean-Claude Drouot) finds himself falling unquestioningly into an affair with an attractive postal worker. One of Agnès Varda’s most provocative films, Le bonheur examines, with a deceptively cheery palette and the spirited strains of Mozart, the ideas of fidelity and happiness in a modern, self-centered world.

Credits

DirectorAgnès Varda
ScreenplayAgnès Varda
ProducerMag Bodard
CinematographyJean Rabier and Claude Beausoleil
EditingJanine Verneau

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Agnès Varda
  • The Two Women of “Le bonheur” (2006), a short piece featuring actors Claire Drouot and Marie-France Boyer
  • Thoughts on “Le bonheur” (2006), a discussion between four scholars and intellectuals discussing the concept of happiness and its relation to the film
  • Two short pieces by Varda investigating people’s idea of happiness
  • Jean-Claude Drouot Returns (2006), a featurette in which the actor revisits the film’s setting forty years later
  • Segment from the 1964 television program Démons et merveilles du cinéma, featuring footage of Varda shooting Le bonheur
  • Interview with Varda from 1998 about Le bonheur
  • Du Côté de la côte (1958), a short film by Varda exploring the tourist destination of the Côte d’Azur
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation

Film Essays

Le bonheur: Splendor in the Grass

By Amy TaubinJanuary 21, 2008

Few films have inspired as many wildly differing interpretations in the decades since their . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

XOXO

February 14, 2014


Clippings

AGNÈS’S SANDS OF TIME

July 02, 2009

This week, Agnès Varda’s beguiling new film, the autobiographical documentary The Beaches of . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Le bonheur: Splendor in the Grass

By Amy TaubinJanuary 21, 2008

Few films have inspired as many wildly differing interpretations in the decades since their . . . Read more »