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A Glimpse of Happiness

Ben is a suicidal and depressed man. After a new attempt to kill himself, he meets Jean-Pierre, a former butcher who has become a serial killer since he got diagnosed with cancer. Both of them are going to change, for the best.

  • Raffaël Enault
  • Raffaël Enault
  • Juliette Husson
  • Fabien Caleyre
    Key Cast
    Les fantasmes
  • Georges d'Audignon
    Key Cast
    Engrenages, Boomerang, Le dernier weekend, etc.
  • Caroline Loeb
    Key Cast
    "La femme du feu"
    La Maman et la Putain, Mes petites amoureuses, Lady Oscar, Quartet, Stars 80, etc.
  • Yacine Maguemoun
    Key Cast
    "Le gardien"
  • Cédric Ingard
    Key Cast
  • Marie-Claire Arènes
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Un instant de bonheur
  • Project Type:
    Feature, Short
  • Runtime:
    52 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 15, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 EUR
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  • Oldenburg International Film Festival 2021
    September 18, 2021
    World Premiere
    Official selection (as a feature film)
  • Firenze Film Festival
    October 20, 2021
    Best Director (winner)
  • ME Film Festival
    United States
    September 25, 2022
    Best director (feature)
  • Capri, Hollywood Film Festival
    December 29, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Indie Film Festival

    United States
    Official Selection
  • Gelos Film Festival
    Russian Federation
    Best Dark Comedy
  • Seattle Film Festival
    United States
    Best actor (x 2) ; Best Achievement in Film Making (under 100 K)
  • Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival

    United States
Director Biography - Raffaël Enault

Born in 1990, Raffaël Enault is a french writer and film director who has published his first book, "Dustan Superstar", in 2018. "A Glimpse of Happiness" is his first movie.

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Director Statement

In making Un Instant de Bonheur [A Moment of Happiness], I tried to show the tension that exists between each individual person's search for happiness and the collective good. The goal of this film is thus to ridicule some of the moral prohibitions of our current world through the murderer character and that of his “ apprentice.” This approach leads to an absurd questioning of the place of humor in the context of a succession of dramatic situations (murders, violence, etc.). This film, therefore, is not a moralizing fable, nor even an exact reflection of certain excesses in our society. It is the story of two men who, during their adventure together, will go towards what is Best (individual) by committing Evil (collective).

It is thus a black comedy which aims to illustrate the absurdity of the perpetual quest for happiness set up as a standard by the contemporary world. Indeed, through these two characters who are opposites in everything (age, social background, political convictions), this film's point of view portrays the moment when the trajectories of these two beings cross and they meet. As in Bouvard and Pécuchet, it is through the figure of the Other, understood as the reflection of a differentiated ego, that an individual perceives and constructs himself as a singular person. Together, Ben and Jean-Pierre will therefore live and further themselves as beings striving for happiness by… destroying the lives of other people.

In addition to this desire to show a possible way to attain happiness through the absurd, there was the goal to make a funny film - just plain funny - as inspired by the humor that we find in the flowery dialogues of Bertrand Blier or Jean Yanne. And even though I knew that I couldn't count on Jean-Pierre Marielle to take on the lead role, I still thought of him when I wrote some of the lines… those of "my" Jean-Pierre, the talkative butcher.
Thanks to this anachronistic character, I was consequently able to construct an occasional implied pungent criticism of our excesses and convictions of those who are nowadays commonly called “boomers.” In other words, I also wrote this film to take a stance against reactionaries and the racism's absurdity. And that is why it is a black comedy.

Un instant de bonheur is therefore a film with a searching screenplay, of course, but in preparing it, I also focused my efforts on photography. Symmetry in the images, breaks in the rhythm, still shots conceived as paintings, recourse to hip-hop editing, changing lights, costumes evolving with the mood of the characters: the idea was to make the verb and the form, the futile and the essential, the laughter and the drama coexist in the same project.