42 Seconds of Happiness

Synopsis: A circle of thirty-something friends reunite for a weekend away to celebrate the same sex wedding of a member of their group. Yet, despite their best efforts to behave themselves, a series of surprise plans, unexpected arrivals and exposed secrets lead to an explosion of drama that, coupled with the flammable combination of hurt feelings, unresolved tensions, and lots of wine cannot be contained.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
Director(s): Christina Kallas
  2 wins & 4 nominations.
89 min


(Siren wailing)

(Helicopter blades whir)

(Muffled news announcements)

(Seagull crying)

Honestly, there's only so much

f***ing ground where it could be.

Why are we not finding this?

If I was a ring, where would I go?


[Cybil] Oh, now look what you did!

Aw, sh*t. Stay there, just, just...

No, I'm not staying there.

I don't want you to get hurt, all right?

Just shh.

You're such a klutz, do you know that?

You're the one who broke the f***ing bottle.

As long as the bride doesn't cut herself

on her wedding day, right?

I ain't the bride.

Oh, you ain't the bride?


[Ben] I always wondered that.

You're the groom?

Should be right here on the top.

Yeah, yeah, I'm aware.

And we shouldn't have to dig.

I'm aware, yeah, yeah.

I'm just gonna start pulling up grass. I mean...

Yeah. Yeah, sure. You should do that. Yeah.

God damn it.

Oh! Haha!



I do, I do!

I do! I do!


[Felice] Let's go.

[Ike] Let's go to that wedding.

Stop it.

You can't handle that.

You can't handle that.

I can't handle that?

Don't start what you can't handle,

don't start what you can't handle.

I'm not f***ing around. Don't start...

Well, look, we could use the throwing of the beer.

Don't start what you can't finish.


I'm mature.

I'm getting married.

Yeah, you are mature.

I can tell.

[Cybil] I'm f***ing a grown-up.

Yeah, you are.

You're getting married.

What's your fiance gonna say about all this?

Just gonna say, "What did Ben do now?"

Of course she is.

And who else is gonna be there?

I mean, with this hurricane that's supposed to happen?

How many people are even gonna be at this wedding?

How is Alis even, why is Alis even being there?

I mean, Tomas, yeah.

Tomas will be there, because it's his sister.

Why, does Alis really think she's gonna go,

and Tomas not be there?

God, it's like when they first broke up.

I don't want that f***ing crap to just infest us.

It's gonna be okay.

[Ben] Yes, yes ma'am.

- Yes.

- Yes ma'am.

It's gonna be okay.

Yes sir.

[Cybil] I don't know how to do it with the um,

the thumbs on the seams, right?

You wouldn't last a day in boot camp.

[Cybil] Thumbs on the seams.

You wouldn't last a day in boot camp.

[Cybil] Why, what would happen?

- What would happen?

- Maria? Cybil?

Hey, where are you guys?

Hey, we're here!

The door's open, oh, hey!

And you're where?

- Oh, hey.

- Hi!

Sorry, we had a little breakage.

Hey, good to see you!

[Vineke] You are not gonna believe this.

Look, that idiot of a cab driver?

He took the wrong exit.

Man, don't you hate when people ma'am you?

I mean, they're like, "Just be quiet, ma'am.

"I can guarantee you I know where I'm going."

F***ing like Hell he knew where he was going.

He drove around in a circle for at least an hour,

and of course, I did not pay for that,

so when we got here, he got all pissed off and upset.

He threw my bags out and then he drove away.

Well, where are they?

They're on the curb.

I couldn't carry that bag.

I brought in my hanging bag.



This is Ben.

This is Ben!

I'm Vineke. Nice to meet you, no.

Oh, hi, we've met before.

We've met before?

I will get the bags.

We have our own situation.

I don't get why we have to take on other peoples'.

I mean, they're our friends, yeah, but.

I'm not frustrated at you.

I'm just...

I just don't, I just don't want,

I just don't want this to become this, that's all.

Oh, you mean this to become this?


Or this, like us, to become that?

This isn't gonna happen to us.

Hey, hey.


[Cybil] This is not gonna happen to us.

[Maria] We're not gonna be like that.

We're not.

Do you mean that, or are you just...

[Maria] Can you help me?


[Maria] Oh, now we need to get one more chair in there.

Cybil, is this stupid?

No, I think it's sweet.

I think you're very sweet.

You're thinking about this more

than you are thinking about the wedding.

[Maria] Which is fine, but are you mad at me?

I mean...

No, I'm not mad.

You might be stressing yourself out a little bit.

[Maria] No.

[Cybil] But that's very nice.

All right.

I love you.

(Lawnmower revving)

[Voiceover] Turn right onto Alex Drive.

What's the house number?

[Felice] Um, 11.


Talk about the suburbs.

[Voiceover] The destination, 11 Alex Drive,

is on your left.

No. Is that...

Hey, buddy.


Hey, Ben.

Are we in the right place?

This, right? The wedding?

Right, I guess it is.

The wedding, right?

- Yeah.

- Okay.


[Felice] Hm. Yeah, thanks. Why are you here?

What the f*** is this?

[Felice] Oh, now we're staying.

We're staying to figure that out,

that's what.

That's why we're staying.

Leaving was an option? I didn't realize that.

[Felice] Yeah, no. It wasn't.

All right.

Get ready, here we f***ing go.


Was an hour ago, you just called.

You need a hand?

Hi, Tracy.

Yeah, you told me you'd check me in

yesterday, right?

(Bottles clink)

[Ike] Hello?


(Wind chimes jingle)

[Cybil] Do you want some wine?

Oh, please. I would love some wine.



Come here, you.

Oh my god, you look amazing.

How did you lose all that weight?

Oh my god, in like, less than three months.

She doesn't eat.

Hello, Ike.

(Felice mumbles)

She doesn't eat, she doesn't sleep.

She doesn't do anything she used to.

I have a baby.

I don't have time to eat and sleep over babies.

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