Silly, quirky, optimistic, colourful and buoyant, the Australian family comedy H is for Happiness will delight younger kids and offer just enough dramatic tension to ensure adults don’t get too bored.
Australian filmmaker Ben Young’s debut feature Hounds of Love has been generating a lot of buzz following wave-making appearances on the film festival circuit (most notably at Venice, SXSW, and Tribeca), and it’s not hard to see why. It’s a stylish, uncompromising thriller designed to make viewers cringe with discomfort and malaise. It’s as sleazy and off-putting as modern cinema often gets without getting buried in some sort of VOD wasteland, and it is indeed worthy of big screen exhibition in terms of performance and its visual and aural sensibilities. But a closer look suggests that while Hounds of Love has been carefully calculated to provoke visceral reactions in viewers, it’s in service of a well-trod story that has little left to say.