Happening 

Drama | French with English subtitles | 100 minutes

Info

In 1963 France, Anne, a young, precocious student with an eye on becoming a writer, becomes pregnant after a one-night stand. She sees her life slipping away. To the surprise of her professor she starts failing her exams. She is examined by Dr. Ravinsky who confirms her pregnancy. When Anne asks the doctor to “do something,” he refuses, warning her abortion is illegal in France. If caught, both would end up in jail. Anne then tries to destroy the fetus using a knitting needle. It’s unsuccessful. Anne must  face what she sees to be an insurmountable predicament.

Cast
Anamaria Vartolomei (Anne) / Fabrizio Rongione (Dr. Ravinsky)
Why Stream This Film?
If you’re wondering what happens when a young girl wants to abort an unexpected pregnancy, see this film with its upsetting and graphic episodes. 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 99%
  • Metacritic Score: 86
Accolades
  • César Awards: Winner, Most Promising Actress (Anamaria Vartolomei); Best Adapted Screenplay (Audrey Diwan, Marcia Romano)
  • Venice Film Festival: Winner, Best Film
  • In 2016 it was ranked #15 on the BBC’s list of 100 Greatest Films of the21st Century.
With scenes both unassuming and rapturous, Diwan  stubbornly validates and celebrates the equality of a woman’s desire. What a rare treat in a punishing world that denies women that parity.
Tomris Laffly

RogerEbert.com

Director/writer Audrey Diwan shows you a woman who desires, desires to learn, have sex, bear children on her terms, be sovereign – a woman who, in choosing to live her life, risks becoming a criminal and dares to be free.
Manohla Dargis

The New York Times

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