Happiness


2h 19m 1998

Brief Synopsis

Joy, Trish, and Helen are the Jordan sisters from New Jersey. Joy is the non-achiever, Trish is married with three kids, and Helen is a successful author. Trish's husband Bill is a psychiatrist who counts among his patients an overweight, sexually frustrated loner named Allen who is obsessed with hi

Film Details

Also Known As
Bonheur
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1998
Production Company
Ross Miller
Distribution Company
Good Machine
Location
New Jersey, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 19m

Synopsis

Joy, Trish, and Helen are the Jordan sisters from New Jersey. Joy is the non-achiever, Trish is married with three kids, and Helen is a successful author. Trish's husband Bill is a psychiatrist who counts among his patients an overweight, sexually frustrated loner named Allen who is obsessed with his next door neighbor who just happens to be Helen. Bill is not altogether stable either. This becomes clear as he fantasizes about mowing down families in the park with an assault rifle and masturbates to pictures in a teen magazine. He has also developed an unhealthy fascination with his 11-year-old son's friend Johnny. Allen has been making prank calls to Helen who suddenly snaps and challenges him to come over and do all the nasty things he's been threatening. He chickens out only to find solace in another neighbor, the hefty Kristina. The sisters' parents are breaking up after 40 years and Bill has a frank exchange with his son Billy where he admits that Billy is the focus of his sexual desire.

Crew

Jane Adams

Music

Ethan Adelman

Animator

Marco Ajello

Production Assistant

Maryse Alberti

Director Of Photography

Monique Alderman

Production Assistant

Anatoly Aleshin

Song Performer

Richard Alger

Best Boy

Fabio Arber

Location Manager

Joe Arcidiacono

Camera

Henry Avelin

Transportation Captain

Dayvon Baldwin

Grip

Mia Barker

Camera Assistant

Joshua Barraud

Props

Michael Barry

Rerecording

Catherine Bayley

Art Department

Gustavo Bechini

Electrician

Anna Beckman

Production

Anna Beckman

Animator

Nadia Benamara

Accounting Assistant

Sandra Bernhard

Special Thanks To

David A Best

Production Assistant

Matt Blades

Grip

Bart Blaise

Camera Assistant

Nicole Boesch

Art Department

Eric Boncher

Electrician

Richard R Boudreau

Production

Mark Boulos

Production

Shannon Bowen

Location Scout

Rene Brar

Production

Laurel Ann Bridges

Boom Operator

Joe Brooks

Song

Willard Buell

Special Thanks To

Lucia Burns

Assistant Editor

Sam Burtis

Other

Brian Buteau

Lead Set Dresser

Greg Cahill

Best Boy Grip

Jennifer Callahan

Special Thanks To

Sean J. Campbell

Assistant Editor

Stephen Carr

Location Assistant

Libby Casinelli

Electrician

Joel Catalano

Grip

Lee Chabowski

Other

Andromache Chalfant

Assistant Set Decorator

Nicolas Charuet

Grip

Cory Chew

Other

Myfa Cirinna

Other

Jeremiah Clancy

Production Assistant

Alexander Cohen

Location Assistant

Thomas Colavito

Driver

Chris Collins

Location Assistant

Lisa Collomb

Production Assistant

Charles H Connelly

Special Thanks To

Chloe Conroy

Location Coordinator

Christina Conroy

Electrician

Ryan P Cooke

Production Assistant

Barbara Cordoves

Production Assistant

Nicole Corre

Electrician

Dominic Cortese

Other

Justin Crabill

Other

Cindy Craig

Assistant Director

Thomas Crehanm

Driver

Byron Crystal

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Michael Dallas

Location Scout

Neil Danziger

Sound Mixer

Yevgeny Davidov

Song

Clive Davis

Song

Robert Demar

Carpenter

Moira Demos

Electrician

Therese Deprez

Production Designer

Lisa Diabes

Special Thanks To

Ged Dickersin

Location Scout

David Diggs

Other

John Dodgin

Electrician

Thomas Downey

Camera Assistant

Matt Duncan

Assistant Property Master

Jacques H Durand

Grip

Kate Eales

Assistant

Elliot Earle

Craft Service

Tom Efinger

Sound Editor

Frank Egan

Music

Kent Ehrhardt

Other

Makiko Endo

Art Department

Scott English

Song

Michael Erb

Special Thanks To

John Erbes

Grip

Karen E. Etcoff

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Kimberly N. Fajen

Production Coordinator

Andrew Federman

Location Assistant

Matt Flannery

Assistant Camera Operator

Joe Foley

Key Grip

Ramsey Fong

Office Assistant

Roy Fortier

Driver

Michael Fumento

Music

Darryl Furr

Grip

Erin Futterman

Assistant

Henny Garfunkel

Photography

Alessandro Garuzzo

Production

Kelsey J Geisler

Production Assistant

Michael Goetz

Production

Steven Gorelick

Special Thanks To

Jude Gorjanc

Assistant Director

Dave Gorn

Grip

Raphaelle Gosse-gardet

Electrician

Esther Gould

Production

Ann Goulder

Casting

Anton Graham

On-Set Dresser

Christopher B Green

Assistant Camera Operator

Denise J Grillo

On-Set Dresser

Denise J Grillo

Other

Victoria Gross

Music

Justine Halliday

Assistant

Charlene Hamer

Assistant Editor

David Harges

Grip

Benjamin Harris

Animator

Dean Haspiel

Animator

Gretchen Hatz

Production Assistant

Nate Havens

Camera Assistant

Marcee Healy

Production Assistant

Gus Hein

Driver

Jose Hernandez

Electrician

Matthew Herrick

Animator

Anne-marie Hess

Production

Curtis Hines

Boom Operator

Ted Hope

Producer

Michael N Horan

On-Set Dresser

Joyce Hsieh

Production Accountant

Susan Jacobs

Music Supervisor

Zachary Jasie

On-Set Dresser

Jason Tavis Jeffries

Production

Drew Jiritano

Special Effects

Brian Johnson

Production Assistant

Chad Johnson

Carpenter

Jon Mark Johnson

Other

Will Johnson

Production Assistant

George Jones

Production Assistant

John G Karliss

Assistant Director

Amanda Katz

Production

Ross Katz

Post-Production Supervisor

David Kaufman

Grip

Alex Kayne

Electrician

Caroline Kazlas

Camera Assistant

Stephen Kazmierski

Photography

Elayne Keratsis

Unit Production Manager

Richard Kerr

Song

Pamela Kezal

Wardrobe Supervisor

Natalya Khorover

Assistant Costume Designer

Charlie Kleinman

Production

Elizabeth Klenk

Location Scout

Timothy M Koenig

Security

Pamela Koffler

Line Producer

Eva M. Kolodner

Unit Production Manager

Robbie Kondor

Music Producer

Robbie Kondor

Music

Wolfgang Koslow

Electrician

Janathan Kovel

Grip

Zhenia Kozlov

Consultant

Tina Kronis

Production Assistant

Tony Krouse

Electrician

Sara Kugelmass

Assistant Set Decorator

Youna Kwak

Editorial Assistant

Matthew Lamonica

Music

Ben Lauter

Product Placement

Jonah Lawrence

Sound Designer

Nicki Ledermann

Makeup Artist

Gary Leib

Animator

David Linde

Executive Producer

Steve Loeb

Special Thanks To

Joseph Logan

On-Set Dresser

Melissa P Lohman

On-Set Dresser

Brenda M Long

Production Assistant

Vincent Longo

Special Thanks To

Bob Magnuson

Other

Barry Manilow

Song Performer

Seth Mcallister

Electrician

Sam Mcconnell

Art Department

Michael Meere

Assistant Production Accountant

Steven Menasian

Driver

Nathaniel Mendelsohn

Production

Jake Meyers

Special Thanks To

Jonathan Michals

Production

Jennifer Millar

Production

Ross Miller

Production Insurance

Eytan Mirsky

Special Thanks To

Eytan Mirsky

Music

Bob Montero

Music

Nicholas Montgomery

Foley Artist

Stuart Montgomery

Property Master

Guy Morgan

Grip

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Music

Vladimir Mozenkov

Song Performer

Vladimir Mozenkov

Song

Christie Mullen

Location Scout

Rebecca L Murray

Casting Associate

Rebecca L Murray

Assistant

Betsy Nagler

Boom Operator

Bill Nisselson

Special Thanks To

Kathryn Nixon

Costume Designer

Michael Nordberg

Music

Michael D North

Grip

F Larry Orvieto

Grip

Film Details

Also Known As
Bonheur
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1998
Production Company
Ross Miller
Distribution Company
Good Machine
Location
New Jersey, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 19m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of International Critics Prize at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.

Winner of Metro Media Award at the 1998 Toronto International Film Festival.

Winner of the 1998 award for Best Ensemble Performance from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.

Winner of two Critic's Prizes for Best Film and Best Actor (Baker) at the 1998 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.

Released in United States Fall October 11, 1998

Released in United States October 16, 1998

Expanded Release in United States October 23, 1998

Released in United States on Video April 27, 1999

Released in United States 1998

Released in United States September 1998

Released in United States October 1998

Released in United States November 1998

Released in United States 1999

Shown at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival October 28 - November 15, 1998.

Shown at New York Film Festival September 25 - October 11, 1998.

Shown at St Louis International Film Festival October 29 - November 8, 1998.

Shown at Deauville Festival of American Cinema (Panorama) September 4-13, 1998.

Shown at San Sebastian International Film Festival (Zabaltegi) September 17-26, 1998.

Shown at Montreal International Festival of New Cinema and New Media October 15-24, 1998.

Shown at Denver International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) October 8-15, 1998.

Shown at Chicago International Film Festival (Special Presentation) October 8-18, 1998.

Shown at International Mar del Plata Film Festival (in competition) November 12-21, 1998.

Shown at Thessaloniki International Film Festival (In the Shadow of the Beast) in Greece November 13-22, 1998.

Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival (main program) January 27 - February 7, 1999.

Previously set for release in USA by October Films, but dropped from their release slate under pressure from parent Seagram/Universal's objections concerning the film's will distribute the film in USA.

Completed shooting October 22, 1997.

Began shooting August 25, 1997.

October 1998 release was not rated by the MPAA, although ads prohibit admission for those under 18 years of age.

Released in United States Fall October 11, 1998

Released in United States October 16, 1998 (Los Angeles)

Expanded Release in United States October 23, 1998

Released in United States on Video April 27, 1999

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival October 28 - November 15, 1998.)

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at New York Film Festival September 25 - October 11, 1998.)

Released in United States 1998 (Shown at St Louis International Film Festival October 29 - November 8, 1998.)

Released in United States September 1998 (Shown at Deauville Festival of American Cinema (Panorama) September 4-13, 1998.)

Released in United States September 1998 (Shown at San Sebastian International Film Festival (Zabaltegi) September 17-26, 1998.)

Released in United States September 1998 (Shown at Telluride Film Festival September 3-7, 1998.)

Released in United States October 1998 (Shown at Montreal International Festival of New Cinema and New Media October 15-24, 1998.)

Released in United States October 1998 (Shown at Denver International Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema) October 8-15, 1998.)

Released in United States October 1998 (Shown at Chicago International Film Festival (Special Presentation) October 8-18, 1998.)

Released in United States November 1998 (Shown at International Mar del Plata Film Festival (in competition) November 12-21, 1998.)

Released in United States November 1998 (Shown at Thessaloniki International Film Festival (In the Shadow of the Beast) in Greece November 13-22, 1998.)

Released in United States 1999 (Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival (main program) January 27 - February 7, 1999.)

Nominated for the 1998 award for Best Screenplay (Todd Solondz) from the Chicago Film Critics Association.