Sat, Jan 21, 2023    
7:00 pm-10:00 pm


Event Type

This raw, real-life drama, about a college student struggling to get an abortion in 1960s France when it was a crime, is “riveting,” writes Jake Coyle of the Associated Press.
“Vital to watch right now,” writes Alissa Wilkinson on Vox.
“Deserves praise and your undivided attention,” writes David Fear in Rolling Stone.
“Morphs, sans sentimentality or platitudes, into a quietly affecting portrait of female solidarity,” writes Justin Chang in the Los Angeles Times.
Directed by Audrey Diwan and based on a memoir by French author Annie Ernaux, the film is about a bright, 23-year-old college student from a working-class family studying literature in southwestern France in 1963.
Anne Duchesne (Anamaria Vartolomei) is determined to transcend her blue-collar roots. She wants to become a writer.
But then she unexpectedly becomes pregnant.
Continuing her studies as a single mother isn’t an option, especially for women like her in France at the time. But terminating the pregnancy is much more dangerous.
The law, as the doctor who breaks the news tells her, “is unsparing.” Anyone who helps her terminate the pregnancy will land in jail, as will she.
Her closest friends abandon her when she confesses her plight. Anne’s lover makes clear that her pregnancy is her problem, not his.
And when she begs a male professor to help her catch up on the lectures she’s missed, he asks bluntly what caused her absence.
“The illness that strikes only women,” she says, “and turns them into housewives.”
The 2021 independent film, in French with English subtitles, earned 16 critic association and festival awards, including the Gotham Awards’ Best International Feature recognition and the Women Film Critics Circle’s Best Foreign Film by or About Women honor. The circle gave its Courage in Acting Award to Vartolomei.
“Happening,” whose French title is “L’événement” (“The Event”), runs 1 hour 40 minutes and is rated R.
Its trailer can be found on YouTube at tinyurl.com/Happening-MoviesWSpirit.
The screening will be followed by a facilitated discussion. Refreshments will be served.
Attendees over age 12 are asked to contribute $10 a person.
Movies With Spirit screenings comply with all federal, state and local health and safety protocols, including those of the screening venues.
The monthly Movies With Spirit series, organized by Gerry Harrington of Kingston, seeks to stimulate people’s sense of joy and wonder, inspire love and compassion, evoke a deepened understanding of people’s integral connection with others and with life itself, and support individual cultures, faith paths and beliefs while simultaneously transcending them.
The films are screened in diverse places of worship and reverence across Ulster and Dutchess counties at 7 p.m. on the third Saturday of every month. Movies With Spirit has no religious affiliation.