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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 Adams►Joy Jordan
Jon Lovitz►Andy Kornbluth
Philip Seymour Hoffman►Allen
Dylan Baker►Bill Maplewood
Lara Flynn Boyle►Helen Jordan
Justin Elvin►Timmy Maplewood
Cynthia Stevenson►Trish Maplewood
Lila Glantzman-Leib►Chloe Maplewood
Henry►Kooki the Dog
Gerry Becker►Psychiatrist
Rufus Read►Billy Maplewood
Louise Lasser►Mona Jordan
Ben Gazzara►Lenny Jordan
Camryn Manheim►Kristina
Arthur J. Nascarella►Detective Berman
Molly Shannon►Nancy
Ann Harada►Kay
Douglas McGrath►Tom
Eric Marcus►Courteous Waiter
Eytan Mirsky►Angry Picketer
Lisa Louise Langford►Radical Picketer
Anne Bobby►Rhonda
Socorro Santiago►Crying Teacher
Allison Furman►Consoling Teacher
Wai Ching Ho►Student #1
Bina Sharif►Student #2
Tsepo Mokone►Student #3
Jared Harris►Vlad
Dan Moran►Joe Grasso
Evan Silverberg►Johnny Grasso
Marla Maples►Ann Chambeau
Hope Pomerance►Hysterical Woman
Matt Malloy►Doctor
Elizabeth Ashley►Diane Freed
Dan Tedlie►Don
Marina Gayzidorskaya►Zhenia
Johann Carlo►Betty Grasso
Joe Lisi►Police Detective
José Rabelo►Pedro
Diane Tyler►Janet
Olga Stepanova►Zhenia’s Mother
Todd Solondz►Doorman

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