Film Review: Happiness Never Comes Alone


Sometimes in order to be happy, you must confront your greatest fear. An eclectic mix of old and new elements transforms this French Rom-com into a Hollywood fairy-tale and that’s not always a good thing.

A struggling musician afraid of his famous father’s shadow, Sacha (Gad Elmaleh) instantly falls head over heels for a single mum Charlotte (Sophie Marceau). In a house with three bundles of joy and clashing personalities, Charlotte juggles her roles as Super-mum, contemporary art exhibitionist and the ex-wife of rich businessman Alain Posche (François Berléand). Manipulative and controlling, Alain uses his money and power to drive away Charlotte’s first husband and he’s not afraid to do it again.

Though the Parisian setting never fails to capture the heart of audiences, Sacha’s fear of commitment and kids resonate with typical Hollywood Rom-coms and so do many of the boy meets girl scenes. However, there were some innovative shots and angles as well as old and popular music that appears to be tailor-made for the comedic tone of the film.

Director James Huth’s Hollywood take on a Parisian film certainly appeals to those searching for the characteristic components like the idea of “dreams do come true” and characters experiencing a roller-coaster of emotions type of film but those who want something deeper or more authentic should look elsewhere.

Oozing with energy and life, colours are more intense as the pair has undeniable chemistry and the film on the whole is fun-filled and light. Though the cast was full of potential, the film dragged along at times without offering anything much different than any other American Rom-com.

Published on: Student View


Little Souls

I’m not a morning person at all (Is anyone?) but I decided to steer away from my habitual sleep-ins for a great cause. My friend’s mum runs Little Souls, a not-for-profit early intervention and childcare centre for kids with autism aged two to six. Admittedly, I had no idea what it would be like to observe ABA therapists in action but having an insatiable curiosity for new experiences, the only way to silence the inquisitive mind is to dive into the unknown.

“She used to chew the mouse,” said Maria, an energetic ABA therapist.

I watched closely as Maddie clicked away and stared at the screen with much anticipation, each puzzle piece emerging to reveal an animal. This is a task designed to develop fine motor skills, something a typically developing children would learn by themselves. Just because it’s not cancer or leukemia doesn’t mean it’s any less detrimental to the young person and even more so to their families.

When we were heading out to the corridor, I listened as she tried her best to say “Open”. Suddenly, she reminded me of Maggie, a gorgeous little girl whom I met at the centre two years ago. Maggie had difficulty in speaking but she repeated every word her therapist said with so much enthusiasm that I was left in awe. Beware; her chubby cheeks and adorable curls might fool you into thinking that she is as delicate and soft as a feather… but she possesses the kind of fighting spirit and determination that is rare for one so young.

You can imagine my surprise, well you can’t imagine the look on my face, when I was told that Maggie could now speak and understand three languages at 6 years old.

Maggie’s story is truly inspiring and eye opening and it also offers hope to kids like Maddie. The amount of progress in two years is simply astonishing.

Being there, seeing and hearing everything first-hand is at once incredibly humbling and compelling. The awe-inspiring kids and staff bursting with energy and warmth define a fun, positive learning environment. I can’t help but ask myself: What are you afraid of? If Maggie can overcome such hurdles at a very young age and people tirelessly working together actually make a difference in their lives, why can’t you do the same? Why can’t we do the same?

For all we know, Maggie could be the next best simultaneous interpreter at the UN. The sky is the limit for our little souls!

“What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”