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HAPPENING (2021)

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Winner of the Golden Lion at this year's Venice Film Festival, Audrey Diwan's (LOSING IT) powerful 1960s-set drama is based on the eponymous novel by Annie Ernaux, itself drawn from the author's own experiences as a young college student who was forced to seek out an illegal abortion during an era in which avenues to terminate her pregnancy legally were nonexistent. It's 1963 and Anne (Anamaria Vartolomei, HOW TO BE A GOOD WIFE, JACKY IN THE KINGDOM OF WOMEN) is a bright young student devoted to her studies and keen to escape her working-class background to become a writer. That is, until an unplanned pregnancy threatens to derail her ambitions. Knowing that abortion is both illegal and completely taboo, even among her increasingly unsympathetic peers, Anne is faced with a series of roadblocks as she searches for a way to take back control of her life. Anne finds herself in a race against time, as her options grow increasingly limited with each week that passes, and she is confronted with the harsh reality of choosing between her imagined future and her life itself. Featuring an outstanding central performance from Vartolomei, this intense, gripping drama, while set almost 60 years in the past, is a resonant chronicle of one woman's fight for personal freedom, sadly more relevant now than ever. Winner, Golden Lion and FIPRESCI Award, 2021 Venice Film Festival. Official Selection, 2021 Chicago and AFI FEST film festivals. DIR/SCR Audrey Diwan; SCR Marcia Romano, from the novel by Annie Ernaux; PROD Edouard Weil, Alice Girard. France, 2021, color, 100 min. In French with English subtitles. NOT RATED

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100 Minutes
Drama
Friday, December 10, 2021

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