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Happening (2021)

Set nearly 60 years ago, this realistically harrowing abortion drama still rings true today

Drama, History

best
THE VERY BEST

8.6

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France
French
Challenging, Character-driven, Dark
2021
Audrey Diwan, Female director
Alice de Lencquesaing, Anamaria Vartolomei, Anna Mouglalis
100 min

Synopsis

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Annie, a bright young student, is facing an unwanted pregnancy in 1960s France, where abortion is illegal.

Our Take

8.6
The Staff

It’s heartbreaking to realize that Happening, a film set in 1960s France tracking a young woman’s journey to dangerously and desperately terminating her pregnancy, is still very much relevant and relatable to this day. Around the world, abortion is still inaccessible, if not completely illegal, and women still struggle to lay full claim to their bodies. A lot of girls grow up with pregnancy statistics meant to instill fear, but Happening brings all that to brilliant life in intimate and unrestrained detail. The fears and wants of our protagonist Anne (played precisely by Anamaria Vartolomei) are palpable throughout. Nothing is held back in this film, and if you find yourself sick in parts, then it has achieved its goal of realistically conveying what it’s like to stay alive in a society that fails to recognize your needs. 

 

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