“Happy End” is the latest from Michael Haneke, an uncompromising filmmaker whose work is sometimes brilliant and sometimes hard to watch, and sometimes both, but not this time. “Happy End” is just hard to watch.
It’s a movie that seems to have been made with little regard for the fact that other human beings will have to sit through it. True, to his credit, Haneke does point his camera in the direction of the actors, but that’s his last concession to convention. Haneke, who also wrote the screenplay, takes material that might have been dramatic and deliberately renders it stultifying, filming irrelevant scenes, while skipping over any moment that might possibly interest somebody.