Happiness script
Happiness (1998)
Synopsis: Happiness is a 1998 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Todd Solondz, that portrays the lives of three sisters, their families and those around them. The film was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival for "its bold tracking of controversial contemporary themes, richly-layered subtext, and remarkable fluidity of visual style," and the cast received the National Board of Review award for best ensemble performance. The film spawned the pseudo-sequel Life During Wartime which premiered at the 2009 Venice Film Festival.

7.EXT. HIGH RISE - EVENING.7.

HELEN parks, gets out of her car, walks towards the

apartment building entrance.

8.INT. HIGH RISE LOBBY - EVENING.8.

HELEN walks towards the elevator and waits beside ALLEN.

ALLEN mumbles something. HELEN is oblivious.

ALLEN:

How's it going?

HELEN:

Okay.

The elevator arrives.

9.INT. ELEVATOR - EVENING.9.

ALLEN and HELEN step inside. They ride in silence up to

their floor.

10.INT. HALLWAY - EVENING.10.

ALLEN and HELEN emerge from the elevator.

ALLEN:

See ya.

HELEN:

Yeah.

And they walk their separate ways.

11.INT. ALLEN'S APARTMENT - EVENING.11.

ALLEN drops his stuff.

He takes a shower.

He lies down.

He glances at a book of poetry. CLOSE ON the jacket photo

of the author and accompanying brief bio (i.e. "Nominated

for the PEN/Faulkner Prize for poetry, Helen Jordan has

taught at Harvard, Yale�")

He leans his head against the wall, listens to HELEN making

love to somebody next door: "Oh, Helen! Helen! Helen!" etc.

He removes his ear from the wall, sits on the bed, a phone

book beside him.

He starts flipping randomly through the phone book. He

turns to a page. He dials a number from the book. No

answer. He sighs. Tries to next number down. A man picks

up. ALLEN hangs up immediately. He dials again. A

beautiful-sounding WOMAN picks up.

ALLEN:

Hello, is this Claire?

WOMAN (V.O.)

Who is this?

ALLEN hangs up. He buries his head in his hands.

12.INT. TRISH'S PLACE - DAY.12.

JOY sits in the kitchen with her sister TRISH, who is doing

her nails. Trish's baby CHLOE lies in JOY'S lap. JUANITA

the cleaning woman cleans up in the b.g. The family dog

KOOKI teethes on a bone.

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Todd Solondz

Todd Solondz (born October 15, 1959) is an American independent film screenwriter and director known for his style of dark, thought-provoking, socially conscious satire. Solondz has been critically acclaimed for his examination of the "dark underbelly of middle class American suburbia," a reflection of his own background in New Jersey.[1] His work includes Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995), Happiness (1998), Storytelling (2001), Palindromes (2004), Life During Wartime (2009), and Dark Horse (2012). more…

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