Le Bonheur (1965 film)

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Le Bonheur
Le bonheur.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Agnès Varda
Produced by Mag Bodard
Written by Agnès Varda
Starring Jean-Claude Drouot
Claire Drouot
Music by Jean-Michel Defaye
Cinematography Claude Beausoleil
Jean Rabier
Edited by Janine Verneau
Distributed by Columbia
Release dates
  • 2 January 1965 (1965-01-02)
Running time
80 minutes
Country France
Language French

Le Bonheur ("Happiness") is a 1965 French drama film directed by Agnès Varda.[1] [2] The film is associated with the French New Wave and won two awards at the 15th Berlin International Film Festival, including the Jury Grand Prix.[3] The film's beautiful colours resulted from the creation of a new colour negative because the original had faded during production.


François and Thérèse are happily married and live in their own house with their two children. One day François reveals to his wife that he's having an affair with a woman named Émilie. His suggestion of a ménage à trois dismays Thérèse and she commits suicide. Émilie doesn't hesitate to take Thérèse's place as the wife of François and the mother of Thérèse's children Pierrot and Gisou



  1. ^ "Le Bonheur / Happiness". unifrance.org. Retrieved 2014-02-21. 
  2. ^ Weiler, A. H. (1966-05-24) "'Le Bonheur' at the Fine Arts:A Moving but Immature Treatment of Love Agnes Varda Chooses a Renoir Background." The New York Times. Retrieved on 2009-05-15.
  3. ^ "Berlinale 1965: Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2010-02-21. 

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