Set in 1963 France, a young woman who must choose between an unwanted pregnancy and continuing her studies.
Set in 1963 France, Audrey Diwan’s Golden Lion–winning adaptation of Annie Ernaux’s novel follows a young woman who must choose between an unwanted pregnancy and continuing her studies.
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Audrey Diwan’s Golden Lion–winning adaptation of the novel by Annie Ernaux tells the story of Anne (Anamaria Vartolomei), a talented young woman in 1963 France who must choose whether or not to abort a pregnancy in order to finish her studies and escape the social constraints of a working-class family. Set in an era and society where women’s desires, and sex in general, are censured, Happening’s protagonist must reconcile her own future and freedom with a decision that goes against the laws of the day. With exams around the corner and her pregnancy starting to show, Anne has precious little time to make her choice.