Cinema: A Philandering Tale

Le Bonheur translates the French word for happiness into an exquisite fable of infidelity, set to music by Mozart, delicately filmed in the impressionist manner of Renoir, and committed to an utterly cynical contemporary view of the gap between male and female sensibility. Writer-Director Agnès Varda (Cleo From 5 to 7) suffuses the screen with a rueful, youthful, radiant mood, creates a world of innocence and beauty that looks like an invitation for romping barefoot through fields of wildflowers newly abloom. Only later does she reveal that every blossom holds a thorn.

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