Norwegian neighbors get cozy, romantic relationships are examined, and a stand-up comedian enjoys a standout weekend, all in this week's column.
Pick of the Week
Bearing in mind that I haven't seen any
of the films opening in limited release this weekend, my pick is Happy, Happy
, a film about life, love, romance, and sex involving two neighboring couples in Norway. I have three reasons for my pick:
1. Country of Origin: Norway, which means it's likely to be shot through with wry, delightful humor that punctures any sense of self-importance. As a point of interest, it's also Norway's official submission for the Foreign Language Academy Award.
2. Critical Response
: Very good. Stephen Saito wrote
at IFC: "Even without the unexpected jolts of the brightly-attired men's chorus that pops up periodically, Happy, Happy shines when its lead Agnes Kittelsen is on screen." After seeing it at Sundance, Amanda May Meyncke suggested
at Film.com that it "may be one of the nicest and sweetest films about infidelity ever made."
3. The Trailer
: Excellent. It conveys a sense of fun, yet also a degree of thoughtfulness. Watch it below and judge for yourself