Happening: 2022 Best Films

In southwestern France in the early 1960s, Anne (Anamaria Vartolomei) is a 23-year-old student hoping to become a writer. But when she becomes pregnant, her efforts to obtain an abortion, newly criminalized at the time, turn desperate.

The film is based on the memoir by the French writer Annie Ernaux.

The director Audrey Diwan’s gaze remains clear, direct, fearless, showing a part of life that the movies rarely do.

She shows you a woman who desires to learn, have sex, bear children on her terms, be sovereign — a woman who, in choosing to live her life, risks becoming a criminal and dares to be free.