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An adaptation of Annie Ernaux's eponymous novel, looking back on her experience with abortion when it was still illegal in France in the 1960s.


  • Anamaria Vartolomei
  • Kacey Mottet Klein
  • Luàna Bajrami
  • Louise Orry-Diquéro
  • Louise Chevillotte
  • Pio Marmaï
  • Sandrine Bonnaire
  • Leonor Oberson
  • Anna Mouglalis
  • Cyril Metzger

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Sep 11, 2021

Adapted from Annie Ernaux’s autobiographical novel, the film plays its private trauma as a harrowing thriller, and showcases a superb performance from Anamaria Vartolomei as Anne Duchesne, the agonised student in the spotlight.

Metacritic review by Xan Brooks
Xan Brooks
The Guardian
Sep 11, 2021

Happening is often a tough watch, compassionate but brutally honest, and almost breathless in its chronicle of a struggle that has obviously stayed with the author for decades.

Metacritic review by David Rooney
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter
Sep 11, 2021

There’s a slight lack of dramatic tension in much of the lead-up to its harrowing finale, with too much weight placed on the capable shoulders of the French-Romanian actress Anamaria Vartolomei.

Lee Marshall
Screen Daily