A felicidade das coisas

  • 87'
  • Brazil
  • 2021

A summer house, with a swimming pool. Forty-year-old Paula probably had rose-tinted expectations of the holidays she would spend there. But in A felicidade das coisas, she actually spends her summer, heavily pregnant, in a cramped house that is a complete mess. Without her husband but with her mother, her standoffish pre-teen son and daughter. The house is close to a hazardous river, a not particularly charming beach and an expensive club. The vaunted swimming pool has been dumped on its side in the garden. There’s no money to have it installed – none whatsoever. Nevertheless, Paula becomes determined to install the pool, as if this will suddenly make everyone happy and her frustrations disappear.

Weariness gradually creeps across actress Patricia Saravy’s face. In this well-acted personal drama, debut director Thais Fujinaga also tells a bigger story: about motherhood and a sense of responsibility, and about Brazil, where, according to her, who you are is determined by what you have.

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    • From Friday 04 June 12:00Fri 04 Jun 12:00
    • to Monday 07 June 12:00Mon 07 Jun 12:00
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  • Physical
    Thursday 03 June 2021
    LantarenVenster 5
    With live Q&A+EN subtitles
  • Physical
    Friday 04 June 2021
    Pathé 6
    With live Q&A+EN subtitles
  • Physical
    Saturday 05 June 2021
    KINO 2
    EN subtitles
  • Physical
    Sunday 06 June 2021
    LantarenVenster 2
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  • Physical
    Sunday 06 June 2021
    Pathé 7
    EN subtitles
Thais Fujinaga
World premiere
Country of production
Production Year
Festival Edition
IFFR 2021
International title
The Joy of Things
Thiago Macêdo Correia, Lara Lima
Production Companies
Filmes de Plástico, Lira Cinematográfica
Filmes de Plástico
Thais Fujinaga
André Luiz de Luiz
Alexandre Taira
Production Design
Dicezar Leandro
Patricia Saravy, Magali Biff, Messias Gois, Lavinia Castelari