***1/2 out of ****
(for some language and adult themes, including sexual references, and smoking)
Released: December 1, 2017 (exclusively on Netflix)
Runtime: 120 minutes
Directed by: Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Groß
Starring: Ia Shugliashvili, Merab Ninidze, Berta Khapava, Tsisia Kumsishvili, Giorgi Khurtsilava, Giorgi, Tabidze, Mariam Bokeria, Lika Babluani, Dimitri Oragvelidze, Goven, Cheishvili
My review of My Happy Family, for The Tulsa Voice. A foreign-langauge domestic drama from the country of Georgia, it’s the story of a beleaguered, neglected housewife who feels compelled to leave her multi-generational family and live on her own.
This “portrait of a long-suffering middle-aged woman” is a sympathetic look at someone “stripped of personal identity.” Her family members “take her for granted yet expect everything from her.”
Domestic conflict not driven by infidelity or abuse, My Happy Family explores how “tension and confusion arise from more common problems, like disregard and neglect.”
To read my full review, click here.