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‘Happening’ Review: A Potent French Abortion Drama That Takes Place in 1963, and Feels All Too Current

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Guy Lodge Film Critic“Happening” does not extravagantly announce itself as a period piece, though gradually you figure it out.

The young women on whom it’s focused speak in a way that sounds more or less contemporary, if you’re not thinking too hard about it.

And if their outfits are a little dated, the film is shot in such tender, peering close-up on their smooth, hopeful faces that you scarcely notice.

But then it clicks: The guys are wearing ties, phones are absent, the dancing in an early party scene is rather quaint. “Happening” is set, it turns out, in 1963, and you soon wish it felt altogether more distant from the present moment.

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