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Happiness is a sad song (2004)

Happiness is a sad song (2004)

Happiness is a sad song (2004)

Happiness is a sad song (2004)

Happiness is a sad song (2004)

Synopsis

Imagine it is summer and that, for the last several days, Montreal has been swimming in sweltering heat and smog. Then imagine that you are in the city’s downtown core and a woman holding a small video camera approaches you. She asks you to participate in a one-question survey. Although you are slightly wary of this proposal, you stop to listen. She asks you: “What does happiness mean to you?” and awaits your answer.

Go on! What are you waiting for? Answer!

Happiness is a Sad Song tells the disjointed story of Anne-Marie, an unemployed publicist pounding the pavement in Montreal with her mini-cam, collecting testimonials on the subject of happiness. It is happiness that she appears to seek, or understand to the point of being obsessed by her quest. Guided by serendipity and a series of surprising and varied encounters, Anne-Marie dives headfirst into her project. She meets a medley of characters whom she engages in engrossing, thought-provoking discussions about happiness. Anne-Marie moves from one character to the next, from one idea to the next in her survey, gathering reactions and challenging viewpoints that give her a chance to reflect upon her own life. How can her obsession be explained? Why the survey? And why the video camera?

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<ix>With<ix>
<ix>Anne-Marie Cadieux<ix>
<ix>Boucar Diouf<ix>
<ix>Miro<ix>
<ix>Marie Brassard<ix>
<ix>Denis Trudel<ix>
<ix>Luc Proulx<ix>
<ix>Frédérick De Grandpré<ix>
<ix>Micheline Lanctôt<ix>

<ix>Direction / script /<ix>
<ix>Production<ix>

<ix>François Delisle<ix>


<ix>Cinematography<ix>
<ix>Édith Labbé<ix>


<ix>Camera<ix>
<ix>François Delisle<ix>

<ix>Sound<ix>
<ix>Marcel Chouinard<ix>

<ix>Production designer<ix>
<ix>Éric Bernard<ix>

<ix>Editing<ix>
<ix>Pascale Paroissien<ix>

<ix>Music<ix>
<ix>Ève Cournoyer<ix>

<ix>Line producer<ix>
<ix>Joceline Genest<ix>

<ix>Format<ix>
<ix>35 mm, colour<ix>

<ix>Running time<ix>
<ix>84 minutes<ix>

<ix>Year<ix>
<ix>2004<ix>

<ix>Distribution in Canada<ix>
<ix> and international sales<ix>

<ix>Fragments Distribution<ix>

Festivals

<ix>Festival du cinéma des 3 Amériques<ix>


<ix>Vancouver International Film Festival<ix>


<ix>Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur<ix>


<ix>Munich International Film Festival<ix>


<ix>Sao Paulo International Film Festival<ix>


<ix>Moscou International Film Festival<ix>

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Films index
Work in progress
Founded in 2003, Films 53/12 is a space where François Delisle ardently champions personal, independent cinema through his involvement in both the creative and the production sides of film.
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François Delisle, screenwriter/director
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Marilyn Perreault, screenwriter
Christian Lalumière, screenwriter/director
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Ryan McKenna, screenwriter/director
Le temps
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Myriam Farsaoui, screenwriter
PC Gamer
François Delisle, screenwriter/director
Sous les voûtes
Maude Bouchard, screenwriter
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Karl Lemieux, screenwriter/director
Brigitte Haentjens, screenwriter
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