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February 4, 2024

Moderator: Michel Pichot

Panelists: Kerri VanderHoff (Film) and Isabelle Cata (Culture) 


Director: Audrey Diwan

Year: 2022

Country: France

Anne, a bright young student, faces an unwanted pregnancy in 1960s France, when abortion is still illegal. As her final exams approach, she takes matters into her own hands.  Based on the memoir by Annie Ernaux.

Golden Lion -- Venice Film Festival

Best Film -- César Awards

Best Film -- Lumières Awards

European Film Awards

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"Diwan shows you a woman who desires, desires to learn, have sex, bear children on her terms, be sovereign — a woman who, in choosing to live her life, risks becoming a criminal and dares to be free."

-- Manohla Dargis, New York Times

"It would be hard to overstate the timeliness of the new abortion-themed drama Happening. Then again, this harrowing movie, directed with great tension and intimacy by the French filmmaker Audrey Diwan, would feel timely and urgent under any circumstances."

-- Justin Chang, Fresh Air

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