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Running time: 1hr 39mins

France, 1963, Anne (Anamaria Vartolomei) is a bright young student with a promising future ahead of her. But when she falls pregnant, she sees the opportunity to finish her studies and escape the constraints of her social background disappearing. With her final exams fast approaching and her pregnancy progressing, Anne resolves to act, even if she has to confront shame and pain, even if she must risk prison to do so. Winner of the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival and now BAFTA nominated, Happening is the acclaimed new film from Audrey Diwan.

In French, with English subtitles.

Audio Description is available with screenings of Happening.

  • BBFC Ratings Info (may contain spoilers)


    The is a brief explicit image depicting unsimulated penetrative sex. A woman simulates sex with a pillow. There is also a brief scene of sex between a man and a woman.


    Abortion is a theme of the film. There are a couple of scenes of abortion, including a scene of self-administered abortion, and a scene in which a woman undergoes an abortion procedure. The scenes are impactful and tonally strong, although there is limited detail with the exception of some occasional bloody detail.


    There is strong nudity, including brief sight of an erect penis. There is nudity in a sexual context, as well frequent natural nudity.

    There is infrequent strong language (‘f**k’), as well as other terms such as ‘slut’, ‘bitch’, ‘prick’ and ‘Jesus’. In one scene, a man makes an unwanted pass at a woman.