Trailer For Michael Haneke’s HAPPY END Is Anything But Joyous

This year, the Austrian master of misery is crashing your holiday party.

When one thinks of Christmas, the films of Michael Haneke don't really come to mind (unless your family is a bunch of sociopaths, at which point have at it). But the austere Austrian master of morbid suspense is at it again, and Sony Pictures Classics is bringing his latest - the bougie dissection of family, Happy End - home just in time for holiday viewing.

Take a look at the first US trailer for the film, which even manages to somehow include break-dancing:

There's an irony to the the title of Haneke's newest picture, of course, as almost all of his movies end anything but happily. From the death bed dissolution of a marriage, to the death of every character via murder and/or suicide, to the inception of Nazism itself, Haneke has never been known for sending audiences out of auditoriums on a high note. 

Starring Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz, Fantine Harduin, Franz Rogowski, Laura Verlinden, and Toby Jones, Happy End's depiction of the life of a bourgeois European family won fairly solid reviews out of Cannes. So, hopefully your mom and dad are ready for a trip to the art house following presents and ham when the movie arrives December 22 (a/k/a Christmas Weekend).