Le Bonheur

Le Bonheur

Director: Agnès Varda

1965, France, 80 minutes

Language: French with English Subtitles

Program Notes

Agnès Varda’s classic film on the historic big screen of the Parkway — for free!


(France, 1965, 80 minutes)
Though married to the good-natured, beautiful Thérèse (Claire Drouot), young husband and father François (Jean-Claude Drouot) finds himself falling unquestioningly into an affair with an attractive postal worker. One of Agnès Varda’s most provocative films, LE BONHEUR examines, with a deceptively cheery palette and the spirited strains of Mozart, the ideas of fidelity and happiness in a modern, self-centered world. Agnès Varda wrote that she had envisioned the film as “a beautiful summer fruit with a worm inside.”


“Varda… achieves a rare, perhaps a unique, blend of the aesthetically voluptuous and the intellectually revelatory.”—Richard Brody, The New Yorker