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Happiness (1998)

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Comedy, Drama

Happiness is black comedy-drama film written and directed by Todd Solondz, that portrays the lives of three sisters, their families, and those around them. The film was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.

This dark ensemble-comedy is centered on the three Jordan sisters. Joy (Jane Adams) moves through lackluster jobs with no sense of purpose. Now employed teaching adults, she is dating a student, Russian taxi-driver Vlad (Jared Harris). Helen (Lara Flynn Boyle) is an esteemed poet who becomes amused by her perverted neighbor, Allen (Philip Seymour Hoffman). And eldest sister Trish (Cynthia Stevenson) is married to Bill (Dylan Baker), a psychiatrist with a very disturbing secret life.

Director: Todd Solondz

Writer: Todd Solondz

Stars: Jane Adams, Jon Lovitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Dylan Baker, Lara Flynn Boyle, Cynthia Stevenson, Ben Gazzara

►Cast:

Jane AdamsJoy Jordan
Jon LovitzAndy Kornbluth
Philip Seymour HoffmanAllen
Dylan BakerBill Maplewood
Lara Flynn BoyleHelen Jordan
Justin ElvinTimmy Maplewood
Cynthia StevensonTrish Maplewood
Lila Glantzman-LeibChloe Maplewood
HenryKooki the Dog
Gerry BeckerPsychiatrist
Rufus ReadBilly Maplewood
Louise LasserMona Jordan
Ben GazzaraLenny Jordan
Camryn ManheimKristina
Arthur J. NascarellaDetective Berman
Molly ShannonNancy
Ann HaradaKay
Douglas McGrathTom
Eric MarcusCourteous Waiter
Eytan MirskyAngry Picketer
Lisa Louise LangfordRadical Picketer
Anne BobbyRhonda
Socorro SantiagoCrying Teacher
Allison FurmanConsoling Teacher
Wai Ching HoStudent #1
Bina SharifStudent #2
Tsepo MokoneStudent #3
Jared HarrisVlad
Dan MoranJoe Grasso
Evan SilverbergJohnny Grasso
Marla MaplesAnn Chambeau
Hope PomeranceHysterical Woman
Matt MalloyDoctor
Elizabeth AshleyDiane Freed
Dan TedlieDon
Marina GayzidorskayaZhenia
Johann CarloBetty Grasso
Joe LisiPolice Detective
José RabeloPedro
Diane TylerJanet
Olga StepanovaZhenia’s Mother
Todd SolondzDoorman

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