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by Rémi Bezançon


Barbara, a young graduate student, is madly in love with her boyfriend Nicolas and deep into writing her thesis when she learns she is pregnant. Reeling from the initial shock, Barbara alter­nates between excitement and trepidation. Amidst a flurry of congratulations, she tries in vain to conform to the image of the happy expectant mother, but is instead exasper­ated by the tedious yogic breathing classes, and finds herself complaining to her girl­friend about her suffering sex life. Once her baby is born, everything becomes alarmingly real. She’s faced with a helpless little being who needs everything from her — love most of all. But despite the support of those around her, including that of her devoted partner, Barbara struggles to con­nect with her child.

international title: A Happy Event
original title: Un heureux événement
country: France
sales agent: Gaumont
year: 2011
genre: fiction
directed by: Rémi Bezançon
film run: 107'
release date: BE 28/09/2011, FR 28/09/2011, HU 08/03/2012, ES 18/05/2012, DK 05/07/2012, RO 20/07/2012, IT 27/07/2012, PT 25/10/2012, DE 04/04/2013
screenplay: Rémi Bezançon, Vanessa Portal
cast: Louise Bourgoin, Pio Marmaï, Josiane Balasko
producer: Eric Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer, Isabelle Grellat
production: Gaumont, Mandarin Production (ex Mandarin Cinéma)
distributor: Cinéart, Gaumont Distribution, Golem Distribución, Camino Filmverleih, Videa SPA, Angel Films A/S, Asociatia Culturala Macondo


main awards/selection

Toronto International Film Festival 2011 
Cinemania Film Festival (Canada) 2011 

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