Le bonheur Le bonheur
  • France
  • 1965
  • 80 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • French
  •  
  • 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 Taubin January 21, 2008

Few films have inspired as many wildly differing interpretations in the decades since their release as Agnès Varda’s 1964 Le bonheur (Happiness). Is it a pastoral? A social satire? A slap-down . . . Read more »

Clippings

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Did You See This?

September 23, 2016

To celebrate the beginning of autumn this week, the BFI has published a list of ten films set during the season, including Douglas Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows, Yasujiro Ozu’s An Autumn . . . Read more »


News

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Agnès Varda Is Everywhere!

October 09, 2015

Agnès Varda keeps popping up in the most unexpected places. Read more »


Photo Galleries


Photo Galleries

Movies in Bloom

May 05, 2015


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 Agnès, makes its U.S. premiere at New York’s Film Forum, and for the occasion A. O. Scott has . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Le bonheur: Splendor in the Grass

By Amy Taubin January 21, 2008

Few films have inspired as many wildly differing interpretations in the decades since their release as Agnès Varda’s 1964 Le bonheur (Happiness). Is it a pastoral? A social satire? A slap-down . . . Read more »

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