With her final exams fast approaching and her belly growing Anne pursues an abortion and finds every door in her world closed to her. Potential prison time awaits those who are caught undergoing, executing or even enabling an abortion.
The film takes on the shape of a human thriller, with Anne’s options shutting down one by one. Deftly adapted by director Audrey Diwan from a novella, ‘Happening’ is a period piece, but it’s acted and shot with a shivery immediacy.
A triumph of immersive and emotion-filled storytelling.