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Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave,

Seattle, WA 98122

206 329 2629

Happy Hour

This event took place Mar 8 - Mar 10, 2017

$12 General Admission
$9 Student/Senior
$7 Member

U.S.

About

(Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Japan, 2015, 317 min)

Seattle premiere! (Two-part screening; Part I on Mar. 8, Part II on Mar. 10)

One woman’s divorce provokes a seismic shift among four girlfriends in Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s intimate epic. Akari, Jun, Sakurako and Fumi are close friends living in the misty seaside city of Kobe, Japan, who believe that they can confide in each other about anything. One afternoon, Fumi invites them all to a workshop taking place at her company, and in this set piece, Happy Hour starts to turn into something quite unexpected.

Running over five hours, the leisurely duration is not an indulgence but a careful strategy — to show what other films leave out, to create a space for everyday moments that is nonetheless charged with possibility, and to yield an emotional density rarely available to a feature-length movie. Developed through workshops with a cast of mostly newcomers (the lead quartet shared the Best Actress award at the Locarno Film Festival), and filled with absorbing sequences that flow almost in real time, Happy Hour comes to life through novelistic depth and texture.

 “Happy Hour, a work of distinctly modern cinema, reaches deep into the classic traditions of melodrama — along with its coincidences and its violent contrasts — to revive a latent power for grand-scale observation through painfully close contact with the agonizing intimacies of contemporary life.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker
“Long workshops and rehearsals prior to shooting enabled the actresses, all making their big-screen debuts, to seem like people who have genuinely known each other for a long time. That’s already a huge achievement. That Hamaguchi then pushes that group portrait into unexpected, strange terrain makes for a bracing, adventurous experience.”  – Vadim Rizov, The AV Club


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