Happening

Cinema | (15) | 99 minutes |

France, 1963, Anne (Anamaria Vartolomei) 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 pregnancy progressing, 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.

Winner of the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival and now BAFTA nominated, Happening is the acclaimed new film from Audrey Diwan.

★★★★★  “Happening is luminous and enormously moving. It is impossible to look away” The i

★★★★★  “One of the year’s best films” Little White Lies

★★★★★ “Utterly compelling” Heat

★★★★  “A drama that will make your heart race” Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

★★★★ “A performance of astonishing isolation and intimacy from Anamaria Vartolomei” The Times

★★★★ “Anamaria Vartolomei is superb” Financial Times

★★★★ “Happening is likely to remain relevant for decades to come” Irish Times

★★★★ “Anchored by a revelatory performance from Anamaria Vartolomei…it’s a powerful story told with fearless passion” Empire

★★★★ “An atmospheric, gripping drama with a poignant contemporary relevance” Time Out

★★★★ “An impeccably produced movie” Peter Bradshaw. Film of The Week, The Guardian

★★★★ Happening will make your heart race” Film of The Week, The Sun

★★★★★ “Powerful, harrowing and anchored by a remarkable lead performance by Anamaria Vartolomei” The Skinny

★★★★★ Astonishingly immersive and intimate” The List

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