Scene from the film Happy
Scene from the film Happy
Scene from the film Happy


  • Germany
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When her almost retired father regularly flies to Thailand to enjoy the company of women Carolin’s age, his daughter is understandably embarrassed. But things are getting serious: Dieter has been in a stable relationship with Tukta for three years now. Every morning, the lonely amateur farmer is woken by an early-morning call from his girlfriend. The wedding is looming. Is this love, as Dieter believes? Or is it more of a “business”, which is how his film-director daughter Carolin sees the relationship? In the film, she musters up the courage to examine not only her father’s unfulfilled desires and fears of being lonely in old age but also her own ambivalent feelings. Both are strong characters, as reflected in an early scene when the two of them tug at a sheet while folding laundry. But the relationship they share in the provincial Germany is put to the test in Thailand. Carolin suddenly finds herself a member of a new family, while Dieter is confronted with an entirely different concept of love.


  • Original title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Carolin Genreith
  • DOP
    Philipp Baben der Erde
  • Editing
    Stefanie Kosik-Wartenberg
  • Music
    Fabian Saul, Rafael Triebel
  • Duration
    90 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Germany
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • DOK Leipzig, Germany 2016
    • Duisburger Filmwoche 2016
    • Dokfest Kassel, Germany 2016
    • DocPoint Helsinki, Finland 2017
    • CineDoc Tbilisi, Georgia 2017
    • Berlin and Beyond San Francisco, USA 2017
    • Moscow International Documentary Film Festival DOKer, Russian Federation 2017
  • Awards
    • Duisburger Filmwoche, Audience Award, Germany 2016 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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