Happiness Never Comes Alone (Un bonheur n'arrive jamais seul) (2012)

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Released 2-Oct-2013

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Romantic Comedy Theatrical Trailer
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2012
Running Time 104:52
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By James Huth

Madman Entertainment
Starring Sophie Marceau
Gad Elmaleh
Case Amaray-Transparent
RPI ? Music None Given

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None French Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.66:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.66:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     French cinema produces some wonderful comedies of all types, romantic, dramatic, slapstick, farce and everything in between. This one is a romantic comedy but certainly has some dramatic elements, some slapstick and a bit of surrealism for good measure. It is entitled Happiness Never Comes Alone or Un bonheur n'arrive jamais seul in the original French. It was written and directed by James Huth, an upcoming French director and stars two big stars of French cinema Sophie Marceau and Gad Elmaleh.

     The story focuses on Sacha (Elmaleh), a free spirited jazz pianist and jingle composer who spends his nights playing in a jazz band and his days either sleeping or occasionally working on an advertising jingle for the media company he works for. Along the way he meets a beautiful woman, Charlotte (Marceau) who happens to be the ex-wife (but still lives in the same house as) one of Sacha's biggest clients. She has three children and two ex-husbands. He falls for her and she is intrigued by him and they start an on and off relationship. Will they end up together or will his desire for freedom or her baggage get in the way?

     This is a fun but disposable film with a good start and good third act, however the second act includes a few too many subplots which results in a lack of focus. At 100 minutes this film feels too long for its plot, seemingly stretched out for the subplots which don't really add much such as Sacha's friend and the musical they are trying to pull together. The film is at its best when it focuses on the two core characters and their interactions are fun. Elmaleh and Marceau work well together and are the core of this film.

     Worth a look for fans of French cinema but not the one to start with.

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Transfer Quality


     The video quality is very good with no issues to report.

     The feature is presented in a 1.66:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced.

     The picture was sharp and clear. Shadow detail was very good.

     The colour is also very good for DVD.

     There were no noticeable artefacts.

     There are subtitles available in English which are clear and easy to read.

     There is no obvious layer change.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


     The audio quality is very good.

    This disc contains a French soundtrack in Dolby Digital 5.1.

     Dialogue seemed clear and easy to understand.

    The music was great with lots of good song choices. It really enhanced the viewing experience.

    The surround speakers were used for atmosphere and music mostly.

     The subwoofer supported the music.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


    Minimal extras


    The menu features music.

Theatrical Trailer (1:45)

    French version.

Madman Propaganda

    Other trailers.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This film is available in other regions on Blu-ray and I presume DVD however I cannot find any specific details. Buy local.


    A fun French romantic comedy which loses its way in the middle act.

    The video quality is very good.

    The audio quality is very good.

    The extras are lost in love.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Review Equipment
DVDSONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output
DisplaySharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationMarantz SR5005
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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