Secret of happiness

Santiago (Guillermo Franselya) and Eugenio (Fabian Arenilyas) – old friends and old business partners. They already so many years together that do everything at the same time: operate electronics shop, play tennis, go to massage salon … Their friendship does not extend only on private life. Therefore never the friend of the family had Santiago, and he is hardly familiar with his wife Laura (Ines Estevez). Once Eugenio passes into nothingness, without having left neither notes, nor messages on an answering machine. Guessing, Santiago and Laura try to find for the gone man. And though first they hardly suffer each other, in process of searches all of them more approach.

Secret of happiness

In 1998 director Daniel Boorman was awarded prize ФИПРЕССИ at the Sochi Kinotavr festival for the film «A chrysanthemum will blow up in Sinkoeskinas»

The next picture of Argentinian Daniel Boorman, the appreciable arthouse director and the winner of a set of festival prizes, puts the thoughtful critic in an uncomfortable position. The matter is that the film is built as a detective, and its final subject turn defines not only an ending, but also a tape genre. Therefore in detail to argue on «A happiness secret» without essential spoilers it is impossible. Forgive us for it if can.

Secret of happiness

Guillermo Franselya acted in film in awarded "Oscar" in category «the best film in a foreign language to" Juan Jose Kampanella’s Argentina picture «Secret in his eyes», let out in 2009

Forgave? It’s cool. Then we will continue. So, the genre … «A happiness secret» begins as the sincere comedy, then develops into a detective, is gradually transformed to the melodrama (very much, very languid melodrama) … And at last opens the real face. Final subject courses define statement as the psychological drama justifying treachery.

Secret of happiness

Yes, yes, treachery, mean and selfish. Thus the hero betrays not the Homeland (which that a sin to conceal, happens the ugly creature) and not the beloved (for years of marriage the wife can get not worse than dictatorship), and first of all the best friend. The friend of whom many men can dream only. Reliable companion, worthy colleague, partner in sports and entertainments … Literally the knight without fear and reproach. And here the hero throws such person who could not be reproached, and betrays – not for the sake of rescue of the life, not for the sake of flight to Mars, not for the sake of barrels of jam and cookies baskets, and for the sake of execution of the small, trite, most banal dream years haunting the character. As would tell about it Panikovsky: «Pity, insignificant personality!» Which the film offers the audience not for condemnation, and for admiration. Look supposedly as safely the hero escaped from captivity of routine and found of what always dreamed! Look, how it overcame all public conventions to snatch a slice of simple everyday happiness! Well unless not pretty girl? Unless not an example for imitation?

Secret of happiness

Perhaps and the example but to imitate it somehow it would not be desirable. Instead with its happiness it would be desirable сблевать. Not important, forgive or not to the hero this treachery. The forgiven meanness does not cease to be meanness.

Secret of happiness

What is in a picture, except treachery glorification? Actor’s charm, a little bit humour, a little bit romanticism, a little bit experiences, a little bit nostalgia … Most of all in the film of tricks concerning the Armenian private detective on pension which already is not engaged in search of people, but agrees to advise those who looks for the family. This character appears someone like master Yoda – it talks in riddles, strange behaves, but nevertheless puts heroes on the right track. After it nearly does not ruin them accounts from the Armenian restaurant where it accepts clients. As the detective explains, to spend all the time at restaurant – his dream. Which it could carry out, when gave up work and devoted itself to a gastronomy.

Secret of happiness

As you can see, implementation of dream is the second main subject of the film. Or even the first, because treachery in «A happiness secret» is a way to dream. That is «light dream» even if it is in eating салатиков, – piece so important that for the sake of it it is possible to be ready to do anything.

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