France, 1963. Anne is a bright young student with a promising future ahead of her. But when she falls pregnant, she sees the opportunity to finish her studies and escape the constraints of her social background disappearing. With her final exams fast approaching and her belly growing, Anne resolves to act, even if she has to confront shame and pain, even if she must risk prison to do so. An adaptation of Annie Ernaux's eponymous novel, looking back on her experience with abortion when it was still illegal in France in the 1960s. French with subtitles.
R, 100 mins.
"Deftly adapted by director Audrey Diwan from a novella, HAPPENING is a period piece, but it’s acted and shot with a shivery immediacy." – Daily Telegraph (UK)
"With clear-eyed poise, the director Audrey Diwan captures the wrenching loneliness that can come with terminating an unwanted pregnancy – and how judgment of such a choice can be even more crushing than the possibility of breaking an unjust law." – The Atlantic
"It's hard to think of a film more necessary in the current moment." – Little White Lies