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An adaptation of Annie Ernaux's eponymous novel, looking back on her experience with abortion when it was still illegal in France in the 1960s.

★★★★☆ | Read our full Happening review
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There are moments when it becomes unbearable to watch the lengths Anne will go to in order to terminate her pregnancy, but that is entirely the point
★★★★☆ | Read in full: Happening film review Emily Maskell We Love Cinema

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Diwan’s movie is cleverly structured so that we do not at first know who the father is, and there is no scene showing the moment of conception. The drama mimics Anne’s own sense of denial, her own refusal to remember or imagine the catastrophe.
Peter Bradshaw The Guardian
An exceptional, cold-eyed and politically trenchant character study.
David Jenkins Little White Lies
The tight focus eloquently translates Ernaux’s matter-of-fact prose and her unique combination of subjectivity and detachment.
Catherine Wheatley Sight & Sound

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22 Apr 2022