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Happy Here and Now

2002
Drama
Sci-fi
1h 29m
Set just a few moments into the future, Happy Here and Now hinges on an around-the-corner sci-fi premise, involving a computer technology that allows people to project alternate identities over the Internet. But the movie's dreamlike aspect emerges from real people and places. As various characters cross paths, a larger story takes shape-a chronicle of isolated souls searching for connection in a contemporary wilderness. (IFC Films)
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Happy Here and Now

2002
Drama
Sci-fi
1h 29m
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Rated 21 Sep 2021
5
73rd
another of MA's quietly fraught dialogues on identity, set in a fragile, lovingly-textured new orleans teetering on the brink of the internet age (and, adding an extra layer of unintended resonance, katrina). no modern director better understands our trajectory, the integration of screens into daily life further facilitating the evolution of this hamlet-esque consciousness born in the arts, providing little canvases upon which each of us writes ourselves into, or perhaps out of, the world.
Rated 21 Jul 2011
95
95th
Michael Almereyda is probably the most underrated director in America. Here he strongly recalls the early work of Atom Egoyan at his best, albeit with a much greater sense of humor, less rigid schematics, and a distinctly strong sense of place verging on the weird Americana of early David Gordon Green, while also in contrast baring traces of Olivier Assayas' recent near-future (present?) techno-thrillers. All this and still it feels distinctly, uniquely aesthetically and thematically his own.
Rated 21 Feb 2016
18
96th
Star Rating: ★★★★★
Rated 06 Oct 2017
45
34th
Attempt at exploring the disintegration of identity resulting from digital teletechnologies, in contrast to the living relationships to be found in a vibrant and musical non-French quarter New Orleans. Despite the interest of the theme, it is hampered by some weak performances and a narrative that tends to fall apart, leading to a conclusion that perhaps seems a little trite. The DVD transfer was appalling, which did not help.
Rated 08 Mar 2009
30
6th
Indie weirdness. Weird for the sake of weird is not entertaining to me, which is why many indie movies usually annoy the shit out of me.
Rated 09 May 2011
90
89th
An atmospheric film from New Orleans that explores the loss of identity we experience as technology encroaches, even to the point of mediating our relationships for us. Can we know people better if we have no opportunity to touch them? The film has a rather meditative quality about it, while the mystery of the central plot carries the characters along. The first and final sequences of the film are two of the best edited scenes I've seen in some time, visual poems that create beautiful bookends.

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