Thursday, September 9, 2010

Happiness Runs (2010)

A young man, realizes the shortcomings of the Utopian ideals on the hippie commune where he was raised...

This story takes an interesting look at the youth who are raised in a polygamist society.  Instead of following in their parents footsteps and becoming free-loving hippies, they have become an angry, self-destructive group. Addicted to drugs and alcohol, they try to find any release from the world they live in.

I found it very interesting, trying to imagine what it would be like to grow up in this other world with practically no rules. As hard as the kids try to be different from their parents the things that they grew up around still have become a part of their lives. Such as casual sex between all of them from night to night, even though it seems that this is one thing that disgusts many of them when it comes to their parents.
The movie is shot beautifully, and has a unique style to it. It gives the feeling that you are in a place where normal isn't normal. I liked how the dream sequences were put together, really putting you in the head of one of the kids.

 The movie seemed to drift in certain places and start to tell the story of another character, but then bring you back to the main character. Also at times it felt like the movie wasn't progressing, and they were just trying to show you how unhappy these kids are in as many ways as possible. With a run time of only 88 minutes though it didn't seem to hurt the movie to much.

Overall I really liked how they brought this film together to take you inside this world that seems like it should have been lost in the 70's but instead is a reality for these kids.

When To Watch Rating: Indie Film Mood

Available on Netflix Instant View

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