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23rd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

As Happy as Possible

Rêves de Jeunesse

2019, Alain Raoust, France, 96 min.
With Salomé Richard, Estelle Meyer

Show Times

  • Fri, Mar 20th 2:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 25th 6:00pm

"Endearing and subtly poignant…marked by flashes of deadpan comedy mixed with moments of poetic reflection, this is a small movie that says some big things in its own humble and humorous terms."—Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter

A low-key and deceptively modest film with considerable emotional and political depth, AS HAPPY AS POSSIBLE uses a tiny, seemingly marginal microcosm to evoke the spirit of a lost generation that is leaving their twenties behind with diminished expectations for an uncertain future. Going back to the small town that she had left ten years earlier, city-dweller Salomé (Richard) takes a summer job that effectively serves as a return to ground zero: caretaker of a rarely visited garbage dump on the far outskirts of town. The isolation of her lazy August days is broken by the abrupt arrival of Jessica (Meyer), an off-course contestant from a Survivor-like reality-TV show, and, later, by Clement, the brother of Salome's onetime boyfriend, who, she learns, was killed in a political demonstration. Along with some other misfits, they form the nucleus of a micro-society united by a kind of soulful anarchy, taking its cue from a quote attributed to Alice in Wonderland: "If the world has no meaning, why not invent one?" In French with English subtitles. DCP digital. Courtesy of UniFrance USA and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. (MR)

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