Le Bonheur

  • 1965
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Offbeat in its idyllic nature, LE BONHEUR centers on a man's desire to have both a wife and a mistress, even though his marriage seems satisfactory. Drouot, a French carpenter, takes a vacation with his wife and two children (played by Drouot's real-life wife and children) and, while enjoying the airy countryside, encounters Boyer, a postal clerk. The two...read more

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Offbeat in its idyllic nature, LE BONHEUR centers on a man's desire to have both a wife and a mistress, even though his marriage seems satisfactory. Drouot, a French carpenter, takes a vacation with his wife and two children (played by Drouot's real-life wife and children) and, while

enjoying the airy countryside, encounters Boyer, a postal clerk. The two are impelled to begin a passionate affair. Rather than ruining his marriage, Drouot finds that his infidelity actually brings him closer to his wife. She, however, responds to his liberal outlook by killing herself. His grief

is quickly forgotten and, instead of breaking off with his mistress, moves in with her. What makes this seem so unrealistic is the flowery Mozart score and the impressionistic Renoir atmosphere that replace the expected sorrow and despair. Varda, one of the few consistently interesting woman

directors, here acknowledges her debt to Jean Renoir's 1960 film PICNIC ON THE GRASS, but she unfortunately lacks the grace to make it succeed. An interesting idea that is, unfortunately, not all that interesting to watch. Selections from Mozart include "The Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major," "Music

for Two Pianos," "The Fugue in C-Minor for Piano, Four Hands," "Adagio and Fugue in C-Minor for String Orchestra," and a movement from an unfinished symphony. (In French; English subtitles.)

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