Happy End (1968)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Satire  |   Run Time - 73 min.  |   Countries - Czechoslovakia  |  
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In this extremely strange Czech film, the grim story is told in reverse. The film literally runs backwards at the beginning as it depicts Mensik's severed head rolling back onto his body during a beheading. The protagonist is then seen walking back into a prison and out the front door. He then finds a suitcase on the sidewalk and brings it to his house. Opening the case, he begins taking out the body parts of a dead woman and reassembles them into the woman he fell in love with. He takes the woman to an oceanside resort where he begins thinking that she has been flirting with a man whom he drowns in the sea. He is unhappy, so Mensik unmarries the protesting girl with the aid of a priest. He next throws the woman into a building that is burning and goes off to find another lover.

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bizarre, building, burn, ceremony, Czechoslovakia, death, decapitation, dismemberment, drowning, execution, fire, flirtation, grimness, guillotine, head [body part], jealousy, love, murder, priest, prison, protester, resort, romance, sea, seaside, severed, suitcase, suspect, suspicion, unmarried, woman